July 26, 2017

Local child, grandmother recovering from four-wheeler accident

(Franklin, GA) — A Heard Elementary special needs student and her grandmother are recovering from injuries sustained in a four-wheeler accident over the weekend.

Kaylee Holcomb and her grandmother, Melissa Walker were both involved in the accident as Walker was bringing Kaylee home on a four-wheeler Sunday afternoon around 2:50 PM.

Kaylee Holcomb (L) with her grandmother Melissa Walker (R)

The young girl accidentally hit the gas on the ATV causing it to turn over in Holcomb’s driveway as Walker was bringing her home from right next door.

Kaylee was transported by ambulance to Tanner Medical Center and later released with only minor bumps and bruises.

Walker was taken via life-flight to Grady Hospital in Atlanta where she remains in ICU with head injuries and broken facial bones.

According to a report from Kaylee’s mother, Tina Holcomb, doctors are waiting for some swelling to subside before determining if surgery will be required for her mother.

Kaylee, a third grader with Down’s Syndrome is well-known around the county and has been featured several times by local news outlets for her participation in cheerleading, Special Olympics, and the Carroll County ‘Joy Prom’ in the spring. She was also a part of Bert’s Big Adventure in 2014.

Tina Holcomb is thankful for the community’s outpouring of support.

“It’s been an awful experience, but we are just thankful they are both going to be ok,” said Tina Holcomb this week. “We appreciate everyone who has called and checked on them and ask that everyone please continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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