STATESBORO, Ga. - A military family is struggling to cope with the loss of three family members after a Marine’s wife, her grandmother and her baby daughter were killed in a car accident Wednesday night in Millen, Georgia.
The family members, spanning four generations, were on their way home from church.
The Georgia State Patrol said a Nissan driven by 23-year-old Cortney Hill was rear-ended by a Chevrolet pickup truck on Highway 25 around 8:45 p.m.
Hill, her 1-year-old daughter, Paisley, and 68-year-old grandmother Lois Burke were pronounced dead at the scene. Hill’s grandfather and niece were also in the car and were taken to local hospitals.
North Augusta station WRDW reports the driver of the Chevrolet escaped with minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.
Hill’s sister-in-law, Brittany Schultz, told WRDW that her grandfather Otis Burke, 66, is clinging to life.
“My granddad was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in Savannah," Schultz said. "We are going up there to make the family decision on what needs to be done.”
Police pulled Schultz’s 4-year-old daughter, Aleigha, out of the wreckage. She suffered minor injuries.
Schultz said the family is devastated.
"I would like to take a nap and wake up and it all be a dream," she told the station.
WRDW reports Hill’s husband, James Hill II, is a private in the Marines and is flying home.
The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the cause of the crash. No charges have been filed against the driver.
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