Posted on Sep 04, 2013

Early in the month of August, two children were seriously injured in a Coweta County car crash. Sadly, they still remain hospitalized weeks after this Grantville car accident. According to reports, the vehicle the children were riding in was rear-ended.

The children were sitting in the back seat of a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle when a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder crashed into the rear of the car. Everyone in the Volkswagen was transported to hospitals for medical care. The driver, Ferdinand Figuero, an adult cousin of the children, was treated and released. Additionally, 13-year-old Matthew Alvarado was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he was treated for broken bones and released. Taylor Alvarado, 12, and 14-year-old Brooke Alvarado—the back seat passengers—were airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta of Egleston for treatment.

According to Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan, Taylor Alvarado is still on life support and in a medically induced coma. He has suffered injuries to his liver, kidneys, gallbladder, and had his front of his skull removed to relieve pressure from swelling. He is scheduled to have a major facial reconstruction when he is healthy enough to undergo surgery.

Brooke Alvarado suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung. She also sustained damage to four muscles in her left eye and is reported to have short-term memory loss. She has already had surgery on her face, jaw, and cheekbones.

The driver of the other car, 62-year-old Charles Leonard Jackson, did not complain of injuries in the crash. He has been charged with following too closely, but other charges may follow.

Shane Smith Law is saddened to hear of this crash, and would like to wish the children a full and fast recovery.

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