January 22, 2019

Two hospitalized after single-vehicle crash

(Franklin, GA) — Two people were seriously injured late Sunday night in a single-vehicle crash north of Franklin near the Centralhatchee community.

According to a report released by Georgia State Patrol Trooper Bryce King the accident was caused by a malfunction of the left front wheel assembly of the vehicle.

Trooper King reports that a 1995 Acura Integra driven by William David Cavuoti of Carrollton, GA was traveling northbound on U.S. Hwy 27 near mile marker 12 when the left front wheel and tire assembly began to malfunction causing the vehicle to travel off of the roadway onto the east shoulder with its right tires sliding due to brakes being activated and locking.

The left front tire became disconnected as the vehicle struck an embankment and a culvert and went airborne before coming to rest in a private driveway.

Kelli Ann Thompson of Franklin was the only other passenger in the vehicle and both she and Cavuoti had to be airlifted to Atlanta hospitals.

Thompson, a graduate of Heard High School suffered severe non-life threatening injuries with the worst being to her left leg. She had to be extricated from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where she remains at this time.

According to Kelli’s mother Glenda Thompson, her daughter required surgery on Tuesday to place a rod in her leg and the doctors think the surgery went well. She also suffered broken bones in both of her hands that may require additional surgeries.

Thompson lost a lot of blood and faces a minimum six month recovery period.

“We are so thankful to our friends in the community for their continued thoughts and prayers as well as all the calls and texts checking on Kelli,” said Glenda Thompson Wednesday morning.

According to Trooper King’s report, Cavuoti was flown to Grady Hospital in Atlanta with non-life threatening but serious injuries to his upper body.

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