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Driver of car that ran stop sign, hit car, house, may face serious charges
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The driver of a car involved in a collision with another vehicle and eventually a house in Rincon on New Year’s Day could face more serious charges.

Corey Adam Padgett has been charged with driving under the influence, failure to stop at a stop sign and driving on a suspended license after his 1999 Dodge Intrepid struck a 2001 Chrysler Sebring at Richland Avenue and 4th Street.

The driver of the Sebring, Irma Grant, 56, of Bluffton, S.C., died Monday at Savannah’s Memorial Health University Center.

The case has been turned over to the Georgia State Patrol’s specialized collision reconstruction team in Reidsville, Trooper Chad Gray said Wednesday. The SCRT investigation could take another three or four months.

“They’ll present it to the district attorney, and he’ll file charges at that point,” Gray said.

Padgett had been pulled over by a Rincon police officer but then sped away. He ran the stop sign at Richland and 4th and struck Grant’s car in the left front fender. Grant’s car spun clockwise and she was ejected from the car. The vehicle came to a stop 84 feet from the where the initial impact took place.

Padgett’s vehicle went into a counter-clockwise spin and hit a house on 4th Street. It eventually rolled onto its side and hit a tree, coming to rest upside down.

Two passengers in Grant’s car also were injured in the wreck. A passenger in Padgett’s car fled the scene.