Injury reported in Evans accident

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 8:56 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 3:05 PM
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A rising senior at Greenbrier High School was critically injured this morning in a single vehicle crash.

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Gold Cross and Air Med staff load 17-year-old Haley Elise Vanpelt, of Evans, onto the Air Med helicopter Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Grace Baptist Church.  Barry L. Paschal /Staff
Barry L. Paschal /Staff
Gold Cross and Air Med staff load 17-year-old Haley Elise Vanpelt, of Evans, onto the Air Med helicopter Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Grace Baptist Church.

The car driven by Haley Elise Van Pelt, 17, of Evans, ran off Hardy-McManus Road about 8:30 a.m. and slammed sideways into a large pine tree, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Ty Mobley.

The tree crushed the driver’s side door, trapping Miss Van Pelt in the vehicle. It took two hours for emergency workers from Gold Cross Emergency Medical Service and Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue to free her from the late-model Saturn Ion sedan.

Miss Van Pelt was taken by ground ambulance to the nearby parking lot of Grace Baptist Church, and then flown by Air Med helicopter ambulance to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Hospital spokeswoman Denise Parrish said Miss Van Pelt was listed in critical condition.

Deputy Greg Kernaghan said it appeared Van Pelt, who was alone in the vehicle and driving toward Washington Road on the 5500 block of Hardy-McManus, ran off the edge of the roadway and overcorrected, losing control of her vehicle.

A Greenbrier High School staffer said Miss Van Pelt, an honor student, is a member of the high school’s marching band and was on her way to summer band camp when the crash occurred.

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ghsfrshmn
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ghsfrshmn 07/23/09 - 06:59 pm
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lets do something then, and

lets do something then, and bring this up to the county!

notsurprised
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notsurprised 07/23/09 - 10:39 pm
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May God bless this young girl

May God bless this young girl and her family during this tragedy!

me001968
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me001968 07/29/09 - 12:22 pm
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I'd like to offer my prayers

I'd like to offer my prayers and well wishes for the child and her family. God bless you all.

clntkng1
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clntkng1 03/21/10 - 01:48 pm
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wow. I went to elementary

wow.
I went to elementary school with Haley and saw this a few months ago. its really shocking to see how tragic things can happen to anyone. I am definetly keeping Haley and her family in my prayers, and as for the other negative comments it doesnt matter if she was texting or not she cant go back and change the past all that is important now is that she gets better and can continue her life.
love ya Haley.

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