Four injuries reported in head-on collision
A head-on collision of two SUVs on Tuesday resulted in the injuries of four people, including an 11-month old child.
The accident happened at 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Fisher Ferry Road, Cedar Lodge Road and Denton Road.
Monica Persiani, 29, of Thomasville, was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after emergency personnel, including Thomasville Fire Department and Thomasville Rescue Squad, removed her from her vehicle. As of 3:07 p.m., her condition was listed as critical.
Persiani's 11-month old daughter was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition.
The child was properly secured in the rear seat and did not appear to suffer any injuries.
"The investigation is still ongoing by the Thomasville Traffic Safety Unit. Charges are pending," said TPD Detective Brad Saintsing. "I can't stress enough how important it is to have your kids strapped in with a seat belt."
According to the preliminary investigation, Zachary Poole, 19, of Thomasville, was driving a 2001 Dodge Durango north on Denton Road when he failed to yield the right-of-way as he attempted to turn left onto Fisher Ferry Road. Poole’s SUV struck Persiani’s 2008 Toyota Highlander, which was traveling south on Denton Road.
Poole and his passenger, Amber Smith Kincaid, 28, were listed in stable condition after being transported.
Police sent out a Tweet at 11:51 a.m. asking drivers to avoid the area and take an alternate route. By 2:34 p.m., a second Tweet indicated that Cedar Lodge and Fisher Ferry Road had opened.
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