Speeding -- specifically driving too fast for conditions -- was a contributing factor in the July 23 accident that resulted in the death of a Macon teenager, according to a report released Tuesday.
Seventeen-year-old Abby Hinson, a passenger in the car, was killed in the wreck. The accident happened on Zebulon Road about two miles north of the Interstate 475 interchange.
The accident report, prepared by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, listed the speed limit as 45 mph in that stretch of Zebulon Road. Grant Hoffman, who was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima, told deputies he was traveling west at 65 to 70 mph when he tried to negotiate a curve about 11:50 p.m.
The car “started to fishtail and it felt like the front” of the car locked up, the 18-year-old told deputies.
The car skidded about 319 feet, more than the length of a football field, before striking several trees near the intersection of Colaparchee Road. It traveled another 201 feet after the impact, according to the report. At some point, the car rolled and air bags deployed.
Hinson was wearing a lap and shoulder belt. Hoffman, who survived, wasn’t wearing a seat belt, according to the report.
Results of drug and alcohol tests performed on Hoffman still are pending, according to the report.
A memorial service for Hinson is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Episcopal Church.
A Facebook posting from Hinson’s mother, Stacy, on Tuesday gave an organ transplant update: “All of the recipients ranging in age from 38-56, of Abby’s gifts are doing well,” it read. “We thank God and pray for the continued health of these folks. I know in my heart that that gorgeous smile of Abby’s is beaming right now and that alone comforts my broken heart.”
Hoffman is the son of Mercer University head basketball coach Bob Hoffman. The Hoffman family released a statement through Mercer University that said, “We are thankful for the many displays of love and support for both of our families during this time of tragedy. Our love and deep concern extends to the Hinson family in the loss of their precious daughter Abby. She made all of our lives better. We covet your continued prayers.”
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.