GREENVILLE, S.C. – A broken back, neck, pelvis and wrist, fractured kneecaps, cracked ribs, and bleeding on the brain.
Those are just some of the injuries sustained by a 13-year-old boy when a car struck him as he walked his 8-year-old sister to a school bus stop during a reported road rage incident the morning of Sept. 18.
Wellfred Hallens remains in critical condition nine days after a Chrysler PT Cruiser hit him, and Lt. Alan Johnson of the Greenville Police Department said doctors believe his recovery will take at least a year.
“There is no estimated time frame as to when he will be discharged (from the hospital),” Johnson said.
Johnson said police arrested 56-year-old Norman Gardner, of Taylors, on Sept. 25 in connection with the reported road rage incident.
A search of public jail records shows Gardner posted $400 bond and was released later that day.
Johnson said Gardner was behind the wheel of the car that hit Hallens and is charged with reckless driving. He will have a municipal court hearing in mid-October.
Gardner lost control of the vehicle while traveling about 75 mph – 30 mph over the posted limit – before going onto the sidewalk and striking Hallens, Johnson said. The car then continued up the sidewalk until it hit a utility pole with enough force that it snapped it in half.
A sedan was also involved in the incident and the other driver was investigated but not charged, Johnson said on Friday.
The driver of the other car honked at the PT Cruiser when Gardner cut them off, Johnson said. Gardner began following the sedan and driving aggressively.
He reportedly lost control of the car when he accelerated to pass the sedan and abruptly tried to cut it off.
“If you start to feel your temper flare, and you start to get mad, the best advise that we can give is pull off on the side of the road, take a deep breath, calm down, and then get back in the road to drive,” Johnson said. “If you don’t and you get into a rage situation, something like this can happen, or worse, you can kill somebody.”
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