A Statesboro man was killed Saturday night after the rollback wrecker he was driving left the roadway on Zettwell Road, according to Georgia State Patrol reports.
Sr. Trooper J. T. Strickland said Ricky Davis, 47, of Olliff Hill Road, was traveling southbound on Zettwell Road around 11:46 p.m. Saturday when the white 2000 UD Series wrecker he was driving crossed the center line, traveled 26 feet, and then onto the shoulder of the road.
The vehicle then traveled about 101 feet before striking the east ditch of the roadway, Strickland reported. The wrecker skidded another 73 feet and struck a tree; traveled 14 feet before striking another tree, then traveled 10 more feet before striking a third tree, he said.
After the third impact with a tree, the wrecker landed in a ditch and came to rest, he said in reports.
Davis was partially ejected through the windshield of the vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene, reports said.
Further details were unavailable, as reports were incomplete Monday.
Donna Sue Hodges, the victim's sister, said Davis was her only brother, and he had borrowed the wrecker.
"He was a loving father, a loving brother," she said. "You couldn't ask for a better person."
Davis' death came after two people were killed in a Saturday night accident on U.S. 301 South. Georgia State Patrol troopers had yet to release the identities of two men killed in the accident, which involved a minivan and a tanker. Two passengers in the minivan, as well as the tanker truck driver, survived.
No details were available regarding the truck driver, and the only information about the minivan passengers was that they were a man and a young girl, and the minivan occupants were from Camden County, SC and were visiting family.