A 26-year-old Dearing man was killed instantly after being thrown from a pickup truck after the driver lost control and slammed into some trees in McDuffie County early last Saturday, authorities say.
Derameuse Hayes, of the 5300 block of Iron Hill Road, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Ritchie Howard of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown.
The victim's older brother, Jarvis Hayes, of the same address, who is believed to have been the driver, was seriously injured in the crash that occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on U.S. Highway 221 near Dearing.
Jarvis Hayes reportedly was able to walk to a nearby home to get help before collapsing.
He received medical attention from personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services. He was flown by helicopter to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.
Sgt. Howard said he had not been able to question Jarvis Hayes about the wreck because of his medical condition.
The men, who were not believed to be wearing seat belts, had been traveling south on Georgia Highway 47 near Neal's Mill Road when the driver lost control of a 1976 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck while rounding a curve, Sgt. Howard said. The truck then traveled 470 feet before smashing into two trees.
Georgia now has a new seat belt law that requires the occupants of all pickup trucks to be buckled up.
The crash remains under investigation.