An SUV driver did not stop Wednesday morning after causing a Toyota 4Runner to crash down an embankment off Riverside Drive.
Just after 8:30 a.m., Sinan Othman was headed to work in downtown Macon when an oncoming SUV veered into his lane.
Othman swerved into a right lane, but the white vehicle with gold trim kept coming toward him.
“I tried to avoid him. ... My car started spinning. I went off the edge, flipped a couple of times and I hit that tree,” Othman said, pointing down the wooded embankment.
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As Othman tried to avoid a collision, his Toyota started spinning and went off the road, down a slope and flipped into a tree.
Othman could not open the doors or his moon roof, and he had to crawl through the SUV to get out the back hatch.
A scratch on his left elbow and a scraped knuckle were the only visible evidence of the crash.
“I think I’m really, really lucky,” Othman said after being checked in an ambulance. “I’m a bit shaken, but physically, I feel good. ... Somebody was looking out for me today.”
Bibb sheriff’s Lt. Randy Gonzalez was headed to the office when he drove up on the wreck.
An elderly white man was behind the wheel of the vehicle that ventured across the center line, Gonzalez said.
Deputies are looking for a white SUV, possibly an Expedition or Explorer, with gold trim.
Its driver narrowly missed other vehicles traveling behind Othman, before continuing north on Riverside.
“Several of the other drivers that were also hit stopped to render aid and assist him,” Gonzalez said.
Anyone with information on the runaway driver is urged to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.