Investigation continues into cause of Dean Forest Road crash

By Staff Writer 07/24/2013 11:57:00

Investigation continues into cause of Dean Forest Road crash

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.'s Major Accident Investigation Team is continues to investigate a three-vehicle wreck that sent eight people to the hospital.

It happened at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. Three drivers and five children were hospitalized.

Police said Richard Earl Bennett, 53, was driving a green Saturn sedan and was leaving the parking lot of Dean Forest Village Shopping Plaza in the 11500 block of Dean Forest Road. He pulled into the path of a white Dodge Sprinter van being driven northbound by 62-year-old James Henry Scriven.

The two vehicles collided, spinning the van counter clockwise and causing it to overturn onto the minivan being driven southbound on Dean Forest Road.

Bennett and Krisle Ruiz, 32, of Garden City, were taken to Memorial University Medical Center with serious injuries. Bennett is in critical condition. Ruiz has been upgraded from serious to fair condition. Scriven was stable at Candler Hospital.

Five children who were passengers in a gold Dodge Caravan driven by Ruiz were transported to Memorial for treatment of minor cuts and bruises.

Bennett had to be extricated from the Saturn by firefighters from Savannah and Pooler.

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