More than 2,018 accidents, 555 injuries and 17 fatalities occurred on Georgia streets and highways during the holiday period which began 6 p.m. Wed. Dec. 24 and ended noon yesterday. The accidents included two in Newton County involving 7-year-olds.
Christmas Day, a 7-year-old was life-flighted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston after colliding with a Chevy Suburban.
According to Trooper Brian Marks with the Georgia State Patrol, the 7-year-old, who was riding his bike on Broken Branch Court in the Settler’s Grove subdivision, was coming down the hill at a high rate of speed. He couldn’t stop his bike, ran the stop sign and broadsided the SUV.
Marks said the paramedics at the accident scene said the boy suffered head injuries and was bleeding from his head.
The boy’s condition is still unknown.
The day after Christmas, another 7-year-old was involved in a crash on Ga. Highway 36.
According to Marks, around 8:48 p.m., the 7-year-old was riding in a Ford Taurus traveling south on Highway 36 when a Buick Riviera traveling north crossed the center line and hit car.
The driver of the Taurus, who is 6-month pregnant, was trapped in the car and had to be extracted by the fire department. She was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Her condition is unknown.
The 7-year-old, who is the Taurus driver’s sister, and the driver of the Buick were transported with minor injuries to Newton General Hospital. Both were treated and released.
Charges are pending in the case.