Man thrown from Jeep in crash on I-75 in Monroe County

awomack@macon.comMay 2, 2013 

An East Point man was thrown from a Jeep Wrangler on Thursday morning in a traffic accident on Interstate 75 south in Monroe County.

Jose P. Baldvinos, 52, was driving the Jeep at about 7:15 a.m. when he attempted to change lanes near the Interstate 475 interchange and swerved to avoid striking a vehicle already in the lane. Baldvinos over-corrected, lost control of the vehicle and drove through a guardrail, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

One of his three passengers was ejected from the Jeep, which had a soft top. It’s unclear if any of the men in the Jeep were wearing a seat belt. The air bags did not deploy, according to a news release.

Although one of the men from the Jeep provided a Mexican ID card, Baldvinos didn’t have a driver’s license, said Allison Selman-Willis, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

Baldvinos and his passengers, Aravl Flores, Luis Lopez and Luis Fernando Ortega-Ojeda were taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, according to the release.

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