Great-grandmother killed in Bonaire wreck

A 79-year-old great-grandmother died Wednesday in a two vehicle crash on Ga. 96 in Bonaire in Houston County, police said.

Betty Price Spencer, of Bonaire, died on the scene of the 11:49 a.m. crash on Ga. 96 and Double Gate Drive in front of the Double Gate subdivision, said Houston County sheriff’s deputy Slate Simons.

Her 6-year-old great-granddaughter was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon and was admitted to The Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center for observation, Simons said.

The girl, who was properly buckled, was expected to be fine, Simons said.

The driver of the other vehicle, a dump truck, suffered a few cuts, Simons said.

Spencer was driving a 2009 Nissan Rogue east on Ga. 96 when she failed to maintain her lane of traffic and veered into the path of an oncoming commercial dump truck driven by Ray Lee Arline, 69, of Macon, Simons said.

The truck was owned by Macon-based Alpha Base Trucking, Simons said.

No charges are expected to be filed, Simons said.

It’s not known what caused Spencer to travel into the westbound lane, Simons said.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

The crash shut down that section of Ga. 96 for more than two hours, Simons said.

Spencer, who once had her own catering business in Alabama, was the aunt of Ray Tucker of Montgomery, Ala. Spencer, her daughter and Spencer’s great-granddaughter were expected to leave Bonaire today and return to Alabama to live in Alexander City, Tucker said.

“She was just a sweetheart of a lady and would do anything for you,” Tucker said by telephone. “She was just a great lady.”

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.