September 8, 2014
On September 1st, there was a wreck on Hwy 16 E, in which a car went off the road, overturned, and landed on its top.
As reported in The Monticello News:
In one accident, Gromiko West was driving a 2006 Infiniti traveling east on Hwy. 16. He said the heavy rain caused him to lose control and the car overturned, coming to rest on its top. Because emergency officials were deployed elsewhere, rather than wait on an ambulance, they had family members transport them to a hospital, they said.
However, this isn’t then entire story. Sources tell us that it was not family members that drove Mr. West and his young daughter, both of whom had to crawl out of the car, but some good Samaritans that were passing by and saw the wreck.
In addition two (2) fire fighters on their way to a fire, came by the wreck, and told the victims that there was no ambulance available and it would take too long to get one there, and they should just drive to the hospital.
The good Samaritan(s) that had stopped, took Mr. West and his daughter to Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton. No ambulance ever came to the scene despite stories that are being circulated that the victims “refused treatment.” We have been told that when the police arrived on the scene, no ambulance was enroute.
TWG has also learned that one Jasper County ambulance was at a fire and one was out on a medical call. Jasper County does participate in mutual aid with other counties, and an ambulance from Putnam, Newton, Butts, and others could have been called. What kind of liability would the county face if the wreck victims had been more seriously injured and were told to just drive to the hospital?