Grice Connect began getting reports Sunday morning regarding extensive vandalism that occurred during the night on the popular S&S Greenway walking trail.
A driver entered the walking trail near Olive Garden restaurant. They cut doughnuts in the grass near the tunnel, then they drove through the tunnel under Veterans Memorial Parkway.
The vehicle continued down the walking path running over signs and trees before crossing Cawana road and following the walking path towards Pretoria-Rushing road, running over signs, shrubbery and small trees which separates the walking path from S&S Greenway Road.
Early Sunday Accident
At 2:05 am Sunday morning, law enforcement, rescue and EMS were dispatched to a vehicle accident on the sharp curve at the east end of the greenway. The pickup truck continued straight and rolled on its side.
Rescue had to extricate a passenger out of the truck. The passenger was transported by Bulloch County EMS to EGRMC with non life threatening injuries.
According to a Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the driver stated that two deer came out in front of his truck and in trying to miss the deer he lost control of the truck and flipped it.
The driver failed a field sobriety test and was arrested at the scene by GSP. It is not known at this time if this accident is connected with the damage.
More charges pending
According to Post 45 Commander Lee Weaver, once other agencies complete their investigations of the vandalism, there may be additional charges brought against the driver of the truck.
In addition to GSP, Bulloch County Sheriff’s office and Statesboro Police Department are involved in the investigation.
Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Department making repairs
Broni Ganious, Community Relations Manager with Bulloch County reported that they had crews cleaning up the damage and making repairs on Monday. She did not have a full extend of the repairs or the cost for the repairs at the time of this story. But confirmed that the damage was extensive.
Citizens Upset by Damage
Hundreds of citizens enjoy walking or biking the 2.75 mile trail that stretches from Gentilly Road to Pretoria-Rushing Road. Many of them were shocked and stunned by the vandalism that occured. They could not understand why someone would do this to such a beautiful and loved part of our community.