Driver airlifted after accident

As of Friday in critical condition
Feb. 08, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

A driver, ejected from a vehicle, was transported by Aircare Critical Care to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center following an accident 2:04 pm. Feb. 7.

In a press release at 9:19 p.m. the same day, the driver was in surgery and listed as critical.

According to the Thomasville Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Pineywood Road following an accident in which one of the vehicles had overturned. Preliminary investigation indicates a 1988 Ford Bronco, operated by Ronnie Wayne Russell, 66, of Blythe Drive, Thomasville, was traveling north on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when a 1994 Mazda Protégé, operated by Rayvon Leonard Howie, 74, of College St., Thomasville, drove into the path of the Ford Bronco causing it to overturn and eject Russell. The Mazda Protégé was traveling east on Pineywood Road. Russell was thrown about 15 feet from his vehicle.

Preliminary investigation indicates Russell was not wearing a seatbelt.

As of Friday, Russell’s critical condition was in connection to head injuries sustained in the accident.

Howie was cited for an unsafe movement and released. Howie and his passenger, Nancy Rogers, did not require medical attention at the scene. The intersection was closed approximately four hours while TSU conducted their investigation. Alcohol nor drugs are suspected. However, the investigation is continuing.