A vehicle-pedestrian accident, near 1100 Pickens Street in Nelson, seriously injured an 11-year-old boy Wednesday evening, Sept. 21.
According to a Georgia State Patrol report prepared by Senior Trooper Dan Avery who worked the accident, young Dylan Haynes was struck by a Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by Letisha Crowe, age 33.
The accident happened shortly before 5:31 p.m., the time the Pickens County 911 Center first received a call for help. Dispatched in response, Trooper Avery arrived to the accident place ten minutes later.
Pickens County ambulance, Med 2, responded from the Tate station house. Paramedics Sandy Scarborough and Nick Pickett treated Haynes' injuries and moved him to where he could be transported by helicopter to an Atlanta area hospital.
Deputy 911 Director Kristy Easterwood said Pickens County's dispatch center made the contact that sent a med-evac helicopter to airlift Haynes. County paramedics on the ground communicated directly with the helicopter by radio once the air ambulance arrived over Nelson, Easterwood said.
Haynes suffered a broken leg, some broken teeth and facial fractures, Trooper Avery reported.
From information gathered at the scene, Avery determined that Crowe was driving northbound on Pickens Street when Haynes, attempting to cross Pickens Street from a driveway, moved into the path of Crowe's vehicle.
The Pickens County 911 Center recorded Haynes was airlifted at 5:53 p.m. Trooper Avery's report records that Air Life of Georgia life-flighted Haynes to Egleston Children's Hospital in Decatur, metro Atlanta.
The morning after the accident, Nelson Mayor David Leister phoned the Progress office to notify the newspaper and to report that Haynes was alert and conscious at Egleston Hospital, awaiting diagnostics from a brain scan.
Dylan Haynes, his parents, Brad Haynes and Elizabeth Hooks, reside on Pickens Street in Nelson.
"The person who was driving the car is one of the slowest-driving people in Nelson," the mayor said. Crowe, too, is a Nelson resident.
No citation was issued to Crowe. Trooper Avery’s accident report records that a witness to the accident stated young Haynes had run into the path of Crowe’s vehicle, leaving Crowe no time to stop before hitting the child.
Shortly before Tuesday press time, Mayor Leister reported Dylan Haynes home from the hospital. For the next two months, the young man will be in a wheelchair while his broken leg heals, Leister said. Dylan faces oral surgery and plastic surgery, the mayor said. Brain scans showed no brain damage, Leister added.