Teen still in critical condition

Sunday, May 24, 2009 4:05 PM
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A Lincolnton, Ga., teenager who was injured in a car wreck in Columbia County on Saturday remained in critical condition today at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

According to MCG spokeswoman Denise Parrish, Tyler Epps, 16, is still being treated after being airlifted to the hospital Saturday.

Columbia County sheriff’s Deputy Keith Warner said the wreck occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday on Ray Owens Road, near Appling.

Mr. Epps was riding in the back seat of the vehicle when it crashed going around a curve. The vehicle overturned several times and landed in a ditch.

Two other teenagers also were injured in the accident. The driver, Ashley Teeters, 16, of Martinez, and another passenger, Ian McGahee, 15, of Lincolnton, were taken to MCG for the treatment of minor injuries. Ms. Teeters and Mr. McGahee have been discharged from the hospital, Mrs. Parrish said.

Speed appears to have been a factor in the wreck. None of the teens were wearing seat belts, and charges are pending against the driver, Deputy Warner said.

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Lakefront1
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Lakefront1 05/24/09 - 03:31 pm
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How sad. Our prayers go up

How sad. Our prayers go up for the children.

museofsatie
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museofsatie 05/24/09 - 04:50 pm
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I hope that he recovers. I

I hope that he recovers. I also hope that this teaches him (and the two other teens) to wear their seatbelts. I do not understand why people are so stupid and refuse to wear them.

charlesd
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charlesd 05/24/09 - 04:54 pm
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It costs nothing

It costs nothing extra..........but a life now and then

sbaltor
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sbaltor 05/24/09 - 05:10 pm
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I was the first responder to

I was the first responder to the accident. I believe god saved these kids lives that day, it was very very bad but could easily been much much worse. We did everything we could to make Ashley and Tyler comfortable and keep them still until the EMT's arrived. My prayers go out to the family's.

whyme
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whyme 05/24/09 - 07:11 pm
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Museofsatie, you are an

Museofsatie, you are an example of the insensitive people who post comments on here and thus the AC should do away with it. If they can't screen before allowing people to post then forget it. You may have a valid point about wearing seatbelts but the manner in which you have expressed it is unnecessary and cruel.

my.voice
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my.voice 05/24/09 - 07:15 pm
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Thank you Sblator and all the

Thank you Sblator and all the FR's in our fine City. You guys make it happen.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/24/09 - 09:02 pm
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whyme, would you please post

whyme, would you please post you parameters of "political correctness while posting" so we can all live by your standards?

Mac
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Mac 05/24/09 - 09:26 pm
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You mean teenagers are NOT

You mean teenagers are NOT invincible?

Who gave you that silly idea?

gab91494
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gab91494 05/24/09 - 09:53 pm
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OMG, I am so sorry to hear

OMG, I am so sorry to hear about this, I know this family, grew up with her mom and grandparents, brothers, they are like part of my family. I hope she is going to recover ok. To the family of the other victims,my heart and prayers go out to you and I hope that Tyler makes a full recovery and that there are no life threatening nor life long injuries. Again you all will be in mine and my family's prayers. God Bless and God Speed

GaryBlutoBlutarsky
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GaryBlutoBlutarsky 05/24/09 - 11:26 pm
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Its called having decency

Its called having decency patriciathomas, and if you dont have that by now, then posting "parameters of political correctness while posting" isn't going to help you. He is fighting for his life right now; let him deal with that.

museofsatie
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museofsatie 05/25/09 - 12:30 am
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whyme: How was I

whyme: How was I insensitive? Did I refer to the boy in the article by name and say that he was stupid? Did I say that he (or the other teens) deserved this? No, I did not. I did say that I hope he recovers, and I truly hope he does. I am not going to apologize for saying that people who do not wear seatbelts are stupid, though. I've known too many people, who either died or who have lost people because of not wearing seatbelts and not paying attention to the road, to pretend like I don't think such behavior is stupid.

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plfreeman706 05/25/09 - 05:31 pm
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I am really sick of reading

I am really sick of reading how stupid these kids were for not having their seat belts on. Tyler (MY COUSIN) is lying in shock trauma ICU at this very moment facing never walking again(which he is sedated and doesn't even know this yet). Does he not have enough to deal with when he is finally awake and has to fight really hard just to be able to walk again without reading over and over how stupid they were for not wearing a seat belt. No matter the circumstance of the accident he does not deserve this nor his family (which by the way I am proud to say I am part of that family). It was very foolish of them all three not to have the seat belt on but he was not driving and had no control over his life when that car left the road. I also hope that this does teach people to wear their seat belt. As I said in a comment before, I don't care who you are, noone can say they have NEVER forgotten to put it on or were not going far enough to need it. Just a quick trip to the store or just next door, it takes 1 second for something like this to happen. To sbaltor I thank you for your help with Tyler and God Bless you for being so kind!!

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corgimom 05/25/09 - 08:04 pm
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plfreeman, I have never

plfreeman, I have never forgotten to put a seat belt on. I put my seat belt on even if I am driving down my residential street. There is no such thing as "I'm not going far enough to need it"- as if accidents only occur a certain distance from your house. Your cousin was riding in a speeding car without wearing a seat belt. It was a terrible decision and a very foolish one. You may not like reading that, but it is the truth.

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plfreeman706 05/25/09 - 08:39 pm
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Corgimom, I also wear mine

Corgimom, I also wear mine and I stress to my kids how important it is, but alot of teens don't always wear them when they should. I'm not disagreeing that he wasn't in the wrong for not having it on, because I had a wreck last may and flipped my explorer twice and walked away because I had mine on. I just don't like the manner in which the comments from some were made on here. It can be worded differently than what some people post.

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lepps412 05/25/09 - 08:55 pm
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Ok.. for the negative

Ok.. for the negative comments here, I am the mother of the child that is in critical condition at MCG. 1) Don't you think that I stress to my child each time he gets into a car to buckle up? 2) If, by chance, you even have children, do you think they do EVERYTHING they are taught to do in and out of your presence? You are sadly mistaken if you answered yes. How naive you must be. 3) My child is fighting to be able to walk. It's a very well learned lesson, but as he has been sedated and not able to speak because he is also on a ventilator, he hasn't had the opportunity to let me know he has learned his lesson. 4) Use a bit of tact before posting such comments that could offend some people. 5) Careful with things you say, they often come around to bite you in the rear.

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lepps412 05/25/09 - 09:00 pm
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Oh, and 6) The doctor

Oh, and 6) The doctor informed us that he would most likely be dead if he HAD been wearing the seat belt. Lesson learned??

lepps412
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lepps412 05/25/09 - 09:12 pm
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One more thing, Corgimom, I

One more thing, Corgimom, I wonder what you would do if you were in a car, with someone just for a leisurely drive, then suddenly, they decide to drive wrecklessly. Does that make you foolish to be in that car? I think not. What makes you foolish, are the idoitic and insensitive comments you post anonymously.. Nice going, you should be proud.

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Mulanrouge25 05/25/09 - 09:24 pm
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I just hope the lord has his

I just hope the lord has his hands on this child and he makes it through this regardless of any right or wrong doing by anyone... I feel there is a time and place for everything and this is not it. Let's just hope he recovers and to all of the family God Bless you all!

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mable8 05/25/09 - 10:53 pm
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The accident is most

The accident is most unfortunate and hope the young man's condition improves. We are told so much "positive" things about the use of seat belts and how these "save lives." On the other hand, we are not told enough about the DANGERS of seat belt use and the many lives LOST because people used them; ditto for the air bags. The government is so bent on forcing auto makers to increase the mph in gasoline, but says nothing about improving the so-called safety devices we are forced into using every time we get into our vehicles. Seems to me that human safety should take precedence over money saved on fuel usage.

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Ode 05/26/09 - 12:23 am
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Speeding and not wearing

Speeding and not wearing seatbelts. Your actions have consequences.

Son of God
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Son of God 05/26/09 - 06:11 am
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I came by the scene

I came by the scene afterwards and prayed with the family members. It could have been worse but God stepped in. It does not matter at this time how the accident happened, we are to pray for each other. Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray for the children invilved in this accident. Let your guardian angel touch all of them from the crown of their heads to the tip of their toes. Lord, touch the bodies of all of these children and heal them now. Your son Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace was upon HIM and by HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. Isaiah 53:5,6 Healing is the children's bread. Lord bless everyone who commented in this section. Some are unlearned on how to comfort, edify, and exalt each other in the time of need. Thank you in advance for giving all of these children a chance to praise your name and give you the glory Lord. We pray that everyone gets a testimony from this for your glory in Jesus precious name AMEN AMEN AMEN!! Hang in their children and family members. We love you. Speak life and it shall be.

lepps412
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lepps412 05/26/09 - 06:49 am
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Son of God, Your post was

Son of God,
Your post was exactly what I needed today. We know that my son's condition is in God's hands, and that He will guide all of us through this. I take comfort in your prayer. God bless you! Amen!

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justthefacts 05/26/09 - 07:01 am
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lepps412, condolences. I hope

lepps412, condolences. I hope things work out for the best.

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colcamp1 05/26/09 - 10:16 am
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lepps, a lot of us forget

lepps, a lot of us forget that " there but for the grace of GOD go I". Please do not allow the few judgemental people on here take away from the fact that the over whelming majority on here are lifting you and your family up in prayer, without judging.

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RebelTA 05/26/09 - 01:36 pm
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having lost 2 family members

having lost 2 family members in car wrecks in which the seatbelt KILLED them, don't foolishly and blindly follow the sheep in believing that seatbelts are a cure all. Yes they have their place but in some cases they are a deadly weapon.

Prayers and sympathy to the families involved. I know you are surviving a parents worse nightmare.

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latosha_5 05/26/09 - 03:28 pm
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i fell bad for these

i fell bad for these children, but every week i give two safety briefs to my Soldiers to wear seatbelts, and every week i read about 2-3 Soldiers losing their life b/c they had not worn a seatbelt. regardless, more lives are saved by wearing a seatbelt than not, and there is no way that doctor could be certain that wearing a seatbelt would have killed anyone in that vehicle. and as a passenger it is your responsibilty to speak up to the driver and tell to drive safely! i do it all the time! and if i know someone is a dangerous driver, i refuse to ride with them...God bless those children and their families and pray that a positive lesson is learned!

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latosha_5 05/26/09 - 03:30 pm
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and rebelta, my granmother

and rebelta, my granmother might not have broke her entire face when she smashed into a winshield had she been wearing her seatbelt...you might as well say that a motorcycle rider should not wear a helmet!!! most of these accidents are preventable and being a responsible driver is a choice!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/26/09 - 03:53 pm
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Latosha, you said it far

Latosha, you said it far better than I could.

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imjustplayin 06/22/09 - 08:03 am
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seriously. seatbelts are

seriously. seatbelts are good, they have a purpose. tyler was not wearing his seatbelt. would someone please tell me why it is up to ANY OF YOU to make this point while he is in the hospital, recovering from this accident? i am sure that your debate skills are SUPER. this is not the place for them. this is a young man, and a family that needs your support and prayers. this is the point. if you want to make this into a "lesson" for your children or someone else, fine, don't make it in a public forum where you can hurt the feelings of people who are already hurting more than you can imagine. many things could and should have been done differently in this instance, by the driver, by the passengers, but ranting and raving about that doesn't do anyone any good. stop pointing fingers, and PRAY.

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