2 NHS graduates in intensive care after accident

by Wes Mayer

Two of the four Newnan High School seniors who were injured in a single-vehicle accident Thursday were still in the intensive care unit at Atlanta Medical Center on Friday.

The four students, William Joseph Holloway, Zachery Joseph Harrison, Zachery Self and Dustin Haggar Brenon, were set to take part in their high school graduation Friday night, and school officials were planning to recognize them during the ceremony at Drake Stadium.

Around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Holloway, who is 17, was driving the black 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse northbound on Corinth Road when he lost control, ran off the road and struck a tree, according to authorities with the Georgia State Patrol. All four teens were entrapped in the vehicle and injured, and both Holloway and Harrison, who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat, were critically injured. Harrison, Self and Brenon are all 18 years old.

Emergency responders arrived to find the Eclipse wrapped around a tree, and two of the patients, Holloway and Harrison, had multi-system trauma, said Deputy Chief Todd Moore with the Coweta County Fire Department. Crews were able to extricate all four teens within 17 minutes, Moore said, and helicopters were contacted to transport Holloway and Harrison.

They were both still in the ICU at Atlanta Medical Center Friday afternoon. Self’s and Brenon’s injuries were not considered critical, and they were both transported by Coweta County EMS ambulances to Piedmont Newnan Hospital, according to authorities.

Chase Puckett, Newnan High School’s principal, said he was able to visit both Self and Brenon at the hospital and all four of the students’ families Thursday. Self has since been released from the hospital.

“We have counselors and support staff on hand to help with students as needed,” Puckett said Friday. “We are in close communication with all four families and are providing the support they need at this time. Our prayers are with all four students and their families.”

“We’re working with the families to honor their wishes for tonight,” he added Friday. “They appreciate all the prayers and support they are receiving from everyone.”

The accident is still under investigation by authorities with the Georgia State Patrol.

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