A passenger involved in a head-on collision closed East Highway 16 remains hospitalized, according to family members.
The crash occurred near the old Orchard Hills golf course just after 2:30 p.m. Monday when the driver of a Toyota Land Cruiser, traveling eastbound on Hwy. 16, drove off the road on the south shoulder, according to Trooper Chris Davison with the Georgia State Patrol.
The Land Cruiser struck a mailbox before rotating counter-clockwise and traveling into the westbound lane, where he collided head-on with a 2015 Dodge Ram traveling westbound, Davison said.
The Land Cruiser reportedly continued rotating counter clockwise before overturning onto its passenger side into a ditch, where it came to a rest.
The Dodge Ram also rotated into the same ditch on the north side of the road, Davison said.
The driver of the Land Cruiser was identified as Jerry Jackson, 53, from Newnan. The driver of the Ram was identified as Shahir Raslan, 53, from Fayetteville.
The passenger in the Ram was identified as Tim Davis, 44, from Newnan.
All three men were taken to Atlanta area hospitals to be treated for significant injuries. As of Wednesday, only Davis remains hospitalized, according to family members.
Jackson will be charged with failure to maintain lane, Davison said.
The highway was closed for over an hour during the investigation. Deputies with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance with traffic control, diverting travelers onto Gordon Road until the investigation could be completed.