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Deadly few days on Effingham County roads


Effingham County has seen several crashes over the past few days that have resulted in two fatalities and landed another in the hospital with life threatening injuries.

"To my knowledge we didn't have any drinkning and driving or other issues that came back to haunt us," said Effingham Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie. In these crashes, the Sheriff's Office cannot point and blame on something. They say they have simply been tradgedies.

On Sunday morning, 19 year old Nija Jones was on break from work when she hit a guard rail in the 5600 block of Georgia Highway 21. Her car went across both lanes and she flipped into a ditch. Jones was declared dead on scene. Later that day, 96 year old Evelyn Tebeau was driving on Old Tusculum Rd. when she ran into a ditch. Her car struck a power pole and she was killed. On Monday, a driver lost control of a car on High Bluff Rd. and struck a tree. The passenger was airlifted and remains in crticial condition.

"The first thing with us is the guys start beating themselves up. The traffic unit starts thinking about what they could have done to prevent this thing," said the Sheriff.

When the county has a spell like this some changes take place.

"The guys start looking harder for things like seatbelts and start paying alot more attention to things like that," said the Sheriff.

WTOC spoke with the mother of Nija Jones. Sabrina Jones said her daughter was on break from work and when she didn't return Sabrina went looking for her daughter.

"I actually past by the scene, not knowing that my daughter was over there already dead," said Jones. "I'll never forget this, he (deputy) said, "we have a deceased black female that we believe is your daughter." My heart just dropped."

Nija Jones graduated from South Effingham in 2013 and was taking classes at Savannah Technical College.

"She loved kids, and it was her goal to go to Armstrong and become a nurse," said Jones. "I am never going to see her walk through the door with her laundry. I will never have her tell me she is coming over for Sunday dinner. It is going to hurt me because I will never hear her voice again."

The Jones family hopes that their tragedy will help other be more careful.

"Young people, life is so short. Do what you can, while you can because tomorrow is not promised to you," said Jones.

All three wrecks remain under investigation by ECSO.

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