A Statesboro man has been released, but his daughter remains in critical condition in an Augusta hospital after a Thursday morning crash in Augusta that killed Keisha Mercer, 42, of Statesboro.
O'Quillian Mercer, 44, the victim's husband, suffered fractures in his back, while their daughter, 4-year-old Lyndsey, suffered a neck injury and broken arm, according to information from an email to church members from Scott Moore, pastor of Believer's Church, where the Mercers are members.
O'Quillian Mercer was released from the hospital Saturday, according to sources close to the family.
News 12 NBC26 in Augusta reported that the crash occurred when a tire on the Mercers' car blew out, forcing the vehicle across lanes on Highway 25/Peach Orchard Road near Mims Road at around 9:35 a.m.
The car struck a tractor-trailer, according to reports.
The television station reported that it was unclear at the time of the crash whether the couple's daughter was in the car seat at the time of the crash, as she was ejected from the vehicle. The car seat was taken out of the car so investigators could get to the mother, reports stated.