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Woman injured when fleeing state troopers charged with several traffic offenses

    A woman fleeing state troopers was charged with several traffic offenses after running a stop sign and crashing into an 18-wheeler.
    Nicole Donaldson, 26, Foxlake Drive, totaled her black 2007 Dodge Charger, said Georgia State Patrol Sr. Trooper D. H. Averitt, the Statesboro Post 45 trooper who investigated the crash.
    Donaldson was fleeing from a state trooper from the Swainsboro Post 19 when she crashed into a 2002 International tractor-trailer rig at the intersection of U.S. 80 and U.S. 25, he said.
    Sr. Trooper Earl Anderson clocked Donaldson speeding at 75 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone near Twin City. He said he gave chase and Donaldson refused to stop, reaching speeds exceeding 125 miles per hour as she drove from Twin City to the Hopeulikit community, where she crashed into the 18-wheeler.
    As the chase entered Bulloch County, troopers from Georgia State Patrol Post 45 in Statesboro, which covers Bulloch, Candler and Evans counties, responded to the call for assistance, as well as Bulloch County Sheriff's deputies, Averitt said.
     The truck driver, Gwen Alex Smith, 43, Adrian, was not injured nor charged in the accident, he said. His truck was stationary in the westbound turn lane when Donaldson ran the stop sign, crossed the median and struck him, he said.
    Averitt charged  Donaldson with stop sign violation, driving with a suspended license and driving on the wrong side of the road. Anderson charged her with speeding in excess of 125 miles per hour, fleeing and attempt to elude law enforcement, reckless driving and passing on a hill or curve, Averitt said.
    Donaldson was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center where Averitt said she was undergoing treatment and testing, but was conscious and talking.

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