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On Sunday, February 5, 2012, a tragic Georgia crash occurred that seriously injured a little boy and claimed the lives of his parents. According to police, the fatal wreck took place on Knox Bridge Highway, just west of Fields Landing Drive in Cherokee County, GA.
When Cherokee County firefighters arrived on scene they discovered that a red Dodge pickup truck and gold Ford Focus had struck each other head-on. According to Tim Cavender, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman, “the 48-year-old male driver of the Focus and a 39-year-old passenger died at the scene.” Police later identified the dead couple as Rick Dean Headen and Charlotte Ann Sedtal.
Their two-month-old baby boy was traveling in the rear of the Focus at the time of the crash and suffered serious injuries. He was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Hospital at Scottish Rite and was reported to have suffered a broken right leg and a traumatic brain injury.
The driver and passenger of the pickup truck were also injured and were transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. The passenger was complaining of neck and back pain, and the driver may have suffered possible fractures to her lower extremities.
The Knox Bridge Highway in that area was shut down for some time following this fatal car accident. Authorities have not determined what the cause of the wreck was, so the crash remains under investigation. However, witnesses to the crash have indicated that the Focus was traveling eastbound and crossed the center line, striking the pickup truck.
According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker, the injured baby boy “appears to be doing better. So far his brain injury has not required any surgery.”
The Atlanta accident attorneys at the Kalka Law Firm are deeply saddened to hear of this tragic Georgia car crash and would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased couple, and we would also like to wish the little boy a complete recovery.