At Least 8 People Are Hurt in Shootings and Wrecks on the Way to a Beach Party in Georgia

On the way to Orange Crush on Tybee Island on Saturday, thousands of people caused many automobile accidents and a gunshot, according to Georgia lawmakers. This weekend saw the return of Orange Crush to Tybee Island, an unofficial beach festival for students at historically black colleges and universities.

Although the gathering was not authorized by the city, law enforcement, firefighters, and others were on hand as reported by WJCL. Authorities were braced for mayhem on the beach, but things were calmer on the way to the celebration.

At 1:30 p.m. on Highway 80 to Tybee Island, a sprinter van and muscle car collided, setting off a chain reaction that resulted in seven individuals being sent to the hospital. According to WJCL, the crash may have resulted in the ejection of youngsters.

Road to Ga. Beach Party Turns Violent
Road to Ga. Beach Party Turns Violent

WJCL reports that after the crash, a frustrated motorist tried to do doughnuts in the middle of Highway 80, colliding with another vehicle and adding to the traffic jam. Police reported that as the delays worsened, motorists began partying by dancing atop their vehicles.

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A woman was shot in the back while riding in a car with five other individuals at 8 p.m., according to investigators, as traffic was still backed up on Highway 80 near Fort Pulaski.

“I have been overwhelmed with calls, texts, and messages over the last two hours related to Orange Crush on Tybee Island,” State Representative Jesse Petrea said on Facebook at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

There are numerous reports of lewd behavior, drugs, road rage, etc. To be clear, I have spoken with Georgia State Patrol leadership. GSP was not asked to assist Tybee in this event. Now, the island is inaccessible. However, our GSP crime unit was requested to help this weekend in Savannah and is doing so tonight.

Petrea further mentioned that Governor Brian Kemp had directed extra GSP troopers to Highway 80 to enforce traffic regulations. According to police, Adam Bauer, 38, was detained after being identified as a suspect in the shooting on Highway 80. He has been charged with six counts of aggravated assault. All of the victims have yet to be publicly identified.

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