Both drivers are now dead in the Nov. 14 head-on collision on Miller Road near Bush Avenue, authorities said Thursday.
Lisa Herring, 43, of Columbus was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. in the intensive care unit of Midtown Medical Center, said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan. She died of blunt-force trauma, he said.
Herring is the second death after Robert Isaacs, 35, of Talbotton, Ga., was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:25 p.m. accident.
Police said Isaacs was driving a 2008 Hyundai Sonata westbound on Miller Road and Herring was in a 2011 Kia Sorento going west. Lori Scesny, the 43-year-old passenger in Isaacs’ car, said he then made a U-turn and started traveling east in the westbound lanes before the collision. The front of Isaacs’ car struck the front of Herring’s Sorento, causing extensive damage to both vehicles. The posted speed limit on the four-lane road is 45 mph.
Herring and Scesny were both using seat belts but Isaacs wasn’t, police said. Scesny is still being treated for injuries at Midtown Medical Center.
Police Lt. Tony Danford said the initial investigation into the accident hasn’t changed. Isaacs was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane before the head-on collision with Herring’s vehicle.
“At this time, we don’t have any reason to think she did anything wrong,” Danford said of Herring. “The person who did is deceased so there is no traffic charge.”
Deputy Muscogee County Coroner Charles Newton has said blood from Isaacs will be tested for alcohol and other substances.
Danford said the investigation into the fatal accident is still ongoing. Police have more statements to take in connection with the crash.
“We are waiting to get statements from everybody,” he said.
Three people have died in fatal accidents since Nov. 11. A homeless Columbus woman stepped from the curb on Second Avenue into the path of a northbound Ford SUV. She was identified as 55-year-old Eyiloni Bonner.