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Crash victim remains critical
Grandfather: Boy has shown signs of improvement
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    While a Statesboro grandfather and one of his grandsons injured in a crash Friday on Lakeview Road have returned home, a second boy remains in critical condition in a Savannah hospital.
    Gene Murkison, who was driving a Ford Explorer Friday night when the accident occurred, said Wednesday both he and his grandson Ben, 11, are now home, but grandson Brian, 7, remains at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.
    Still in the intensive care unit, Brian “is still in very serious
condition, but has shown guarded signs of improvement,” Murkison said. “There were no external injuries, but he has a pelvic break and cerebral pressure and bleeding.”
    According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Murkison, 75, was driving eastbound on Old River Road North as he approached the intersection with Lakeview Road.
    He entered the intersection, police said, failing to observe a stop sign and struck a vehicle driven by Melissia Deal, 44, Dairy Road, Rocky Ford. Then, after impact, his van spun and struck a car parked at the intersection on the opposite side of Old River Road North, and overturned.
    According to Murkison, his son, daughter-in-law and wife were also in the vehicle. They were not seriously injured and were taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released.
    Murkison also was taken to East Georgia, but later airlifted to Memorial in Savannah. The boys were airlifted from the scene and taken to the Savannah hospital, reports stated.
    Deal and the driver of the third vehicle, Stephen Richard Keene, 46, of Canvasback Drive, Bloomingdale, were treated and released at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, reports stated.
    Murkison said the family appreciates the outpouring of support from friends, family and strangers. A Facebook and email campaign has the family tracking prayers, and a map shows prayers coming from all over the world, he said.
    “We are overwhelmed by the support of our colleagues, friends and others,” he said. On the map, “There is almost no more room for pins” showing from where the prayers have come.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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