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Updated: November 5, 2021 @ 9:46 am
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A well-known barber from Eatonton who slammed into the rear of a pickup truck while driving his car along a four-lane highway in Milledgeville last Thursday is recovering from serious injuries in an Athens hospital.
The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. on Ga. Route 24 near Kenan Drive NW.
The driver of the pickup truck was also injured after the barber apparently fell asleep while driving along the busy highway, authorities say.
The barber was identified as 71-year-old Sammy J. Wooten, of the 900 block of Madison Road, Eatonton, according to an accident report filed by Milledgeville Police Department Officer Joseph Harker.
The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Richard S. Harper, of the 200 block of Fox Road, Macon.
Both men were treated for injuries at the scene of the crash by firefighters/first responders from Milledgeville Fire Rescue and personnel with Grady Emergency Medical Service. They later were taken to the emergency department of Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin hospital in Milledgeville.
Wooten later was transferred to Piedmont Regional Medical Center in Athens.
The investigating police officer said Wooten was driving a 2013 Ford Taurus southbound along North Columbia Street in the outside lane near the intersection at Kroger.
“He stated he believes he fell asleep while driving,” Officer Harker said in his report. “Wooten advised he does not recall what happened after he fell asleep, however, he stated he was back alert by the time his vehicle collided with the rear of (the pickup truck).”
Harper, who was driving a 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup truck, told the investigating police officer that he was in the lefthand turn lane at the intersection, awaiting the traffic control device so he could turn into the parking lot of the grocery store.
While waiting at the intersection, Harper said he felt the rear-end of his truck get struck by a car. The impact caused Harper’s truck to go forward. It ended up on the opposite side.
The investigation later revealed that Wooten falling asleep at the wheel of his car could have been the result of prescription medication he was taking under the advice of a doctor.
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