Child thrown from flipping minivan
Authorities identified 3-year-old Malcolm Calloway as the child ejected from a minivan in a Tuesday morning crash in Macon.
Brittney Calloway, 37, of Warner Robins was traveling north on Houston Avenue about 8:30 a.m. when she lost control of her vehicle at the intersection of Broadway and Bishop John L. Cotton Way, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office release.
Sgt. Linda Howard said Brittney Calloway told deputies the brakes went out on the 2000 Dodge Caravan as she was headed toward town.
She swerved to avoid the vehicle in front of her, crossed a yellow line, hit a sewer cover at the curb and started overturning.
The impact broke off a large chunk of concrete at the storm drain. A scratch on a utility pole indicated that the van might have scraped it as well.
The van, which had a Pennsylvania license plate, hit a building on Bishop John L. Cotton Way and came to rest upright between the building and the Houston Avenue road sign.
Brittney and Malcolm Calloway were taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, along with Brittney’s husband, Paul Calloway, 30, and 6-month-old Prince George, the release said. Their injuries are not life-threatening.
Brittney Calloway was cited for not using a child safety seat.
Shirley Foster was on her way into work across the street at the Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council when she saw a woman crying while holding a baby on the stretcher. Foster tried to comfort the woman and prayed with her as paramedics tended to the slightly older child who was carried from the road into an ambulance.
The woman carrying the baby was able to walk on her own and get into the ambulance, while another adult on the sidewalk was strapped to a stretcher and loaded into another ambulance that was called to the scene.
The crash crumbled part of the brick building, but Macon-Bibb County firefighters determined it did not cause a gas leak.
A man at the scene said the small building was recently renovated.
Bibb County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call 478-751-7500.