A Monday evening accident near Keller sent a South Bryan teen to the hospital after he was struck by a car while riding his scooter.
According to Sgt. Ben Forehand with Georgia State Patrol, the teen, whose name was not released, was riding a scooter shortly after 6:30 p.m. in the southbound lane of Belfast Keller Road near the El Cheapo gas station when he was struck by a 1998 Chrysler Concord, driven by South Bryan resident Lamar Hyde.
The teen was flown by helicopter to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah with injuries Forehand described as “pretty severe.”
According to Forehand, Hyde had just turned onto Belfast Keller Road from Highway 144 when he hit the teen. Forehand said because Hyde had just turned onto the road, he was not speeding.
“I wouldn’t say he had reached the speed limit yet,” Forehand said. “There was no way he would have accelerated that fast.”
Two other teens were also riding scooters on the shoulder of the road and were not injured, he said. And since the accident occurred after dark, it could have happened to anyone, Forehand said.
“The child had on dark clothing from what we were told,” he said. “It could have happened to anyone. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The teen’s condition was not released by GSP or Memorial by presstime.