GSP: Driver was reaching for cookie before hitting car, throwing man into Savannah River

Wreck with injuries on Back River Bridge has traffic closed in both directions

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Police Department was on the scene of a wreck on the Back River Bridge that had traffic closed in both directions.

Chatham County Police say the call came in at 9:36 p.m. Friday night.

The Savannah Fire Department responded to the scene as well to rescue a man from the Savannah River. They say a motorist pulled over on the bridge when he was hit by a passing vehicle.

On Tuesday, Georgia State Patrol confirmed that the driver was not paying attention to the roadway because she was trying to get a cookie out of her purse. She failed to maintain her lane and started to drive on the east shoulder.

Georgia State Patrol also confirms that the driver that was pulled over on the shoulder on Georgia State Route 25 north at Hutchinson Island Road had his lights and hazard lights on. After his car was hit, it traveled approximately 21.6 feet and struck him. He then jumped over the concrete barrier and was holding onto a support beam over the Savannah River.

The man fell into the Savannah River and Savannah Fire’s Marine Unit pulled the man from the water.

We talked to a woman on scene who was driving behind the car that crashed into that man and witnessed the entire thing.

“Coming over the bridge there was a car pulled off to the right,” said Kristina Howey. “The car in front of me swerved, almost over-corrected, and swerved back into the car parked on the side of the road. And the man checking under the hood got thrown into the river. And about 30, 40 minutes later, they rescued him by boat.”

Georgia State Patrol says the driver of that vehicle that struck the car is facing two citations for distracted driving and failure to maintain lane. The man on the bridge received minor injuries involving stitches. His passenger also had minor injuries.

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