Twin Bryan County teens were hit by a car Sunday while crossing Hwy. 144, according to the Georgia State Patrol. GSP Cpl. T. Barron said he could not release the names of the twins due to their age, but the girl was transported by LifeStar helicopter to Memorial Medical Health University Hospital in Savannah, where she is in critical condition. Her brother was taken to Memorial by ambulance and is in serious condition, the GSP said. Memorial did not release any information about the twins, who are 13. Barron said their father was stationed in Iraq, but is on his way home. Cpl. Barron said the accident occurred just after 7 p.m., when the twins, who had been attending a church function, crossed the street near the intersection of Hwy. 144 and Dogwood Avenue. Witnesses told the GSP a vehicle struck the girl, who struck her brother. The girl was on a cell phone at the time of impact, the GSP said. “The vehicle didn’t have time to stop,” Barron said. “The investigation shows that there was no excessive speed or improper lane change, and this did not occur at a crosswalk, so the driver was not charged.”
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The following is a press release from Coastal Community Church:
February 16, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Gray, 756-3455 or 429-5655info@CCCConline.net GRIEF & TRAUMA COUNSELOR TO SPEAK FEB. 17
RICHMOND HILL, GA. – Coastal Community Christian Church will present a grief and trauma discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at the church. Gina Roes, a mental health counselor with LifeChange Christian Counseling in Savannah, will lead the discussion. She has extensive experience in helping individuals cope with the aftermath of tragedy, including counseling people in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The discussion was scheduled to help the community process their emotions following the Feb. 14 automobile accident involving two members of the church’s youth group. Eric and Promise Costello were returning to the church from a restaurant across the street when they were struck by a car. They were taken to Memorial University Medical Center. Many of the other teens in the youth group witnessed the accident or were on the scene just seconds later. “Our youth were traumatized by this terrible accident and we know many of Eric and Promise’s friends are hurting, as well,” said Mark Snavely, senior minister at Coastal Community Christian Church. “Through this discussion, we hope Gina can help us all understand what we are experiencing and learn how to cope with those emotions.” The discussion is free and open to the public. Coastal Community Christian Church is located at 10770 Ford Ave. (Highway 144), about one mile east of Highway 17. For more information, call the church at 912-756-3455.