On Wednesday, March 31st, a news report disclosed that a former Montgomery County Magistrate Judge passed away following an auto accident near Glenwood. Mona Richardson Bell died on Saturday night, March 27th.
The 68-year-old Mount Vernon resident traveled on Georgia Highway 19 near Cat Squirrel Road in Wheeler County. The report stated that a car driven by 23-year-old Randonovan Anthony Lewis of Alamo struck the victim’s vehicle.
In a Georgia State Patrol report, the investigators disclosed Lewis crossed the northbound lane into the southbound lane. The act placed him directly in front of the Bell, hence the collision. The victim’s grandson, 11-year-old Bragg Alford, who sat at the vehicle’s rear, sustained injuries.
Medics conveyed the boy to Meadows Regional Hospital for treatment. Lewis also suffered injuries, and a helicopter conveyed him to a hospital in Macon. Wheeler County Officials said on Monday, March 29th that the man was still receiving treatment.
The GSP said both vehicles involved in the auto accident near Glenwood sustained significant damage. They added that Bell and her grandson wore seatbelts, but Lewis was not wearing one. The investigators cited Lewis for operating his vehicle on the wrong side of the road. There is no result on the drug and alcohol test at this time.
Bell served as a Magistrate Court Judge from 2003 to 2018 when she retired. The current Montgomery County Magistrate Ashley Thorton described the victim as someone who always wore a smile. The magistrate added that the victim was a great example of what family is and thanked her for her years of service.
Head-on collisions continue to be among the most common types of auto vehicle collisions in Georgia. Victims of those who die in crashes of this nature can file a wrongful death action to recover damages. Find out more from a Georgia car accident lawyer.