BY COLIN KRIEGER
A two-car collision Friday morning sent four people to the hospital after a vehicle allegedly ran through an intersection near New Hope.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol reported that a westbound 2005 Kia Spectra driven by 23-year-old Cody Waterbury of Millport, Ala., ran a stop sign at the intersection of Sand Road and Highway 12 just after 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, and was “t-boned” by a southbound Ford Mustang driven by 34-year-old Aelisha Horn of Steens.
The impact destroyed the front end of the Mustang and forced the Kia into a nearby stop sign and across a wide drainage ditch before coming to rest nearly 80 feet away at the southwestern corner of the intersection. The Kia’s passenger-side door was crushed, so much so that it struck Waterbury’s pregnant fiancee, Victorya Brook Nethery of Columbus, 19, and knocked her unconscious.
The Mustang came to rest facing west, with Horn and her two young children left injured inside. Volunteer firefighters from Lowndes County Districts 1 and 3 arrived on scene to find Horn’s 8-year-old son bleeding from the head and going in and out of consciousness.
According to reports, the child had been sitting in the front passenger seat, unrestrained, and his head hit the windshield upon impact. Horn, who was also not wearing her seatbelt, suffered multiple abrasions in the crash as well. A 6-year-old boy, believed to be seated behind her, was also unrestrained and was treated for a cut to his forehead on scene.
Paramedics from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle joined deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and volunteer responders from Districts 1 and 3 broke into two teams, with one team working to stabilize the pregnant Nethery, while the other attended to Horn and her children.
A emergency helicopter was called in for the 8-year-old as he was removed from the car. The boy was loaded into the first of three waiting ambulances and then rushed for a rendezvous with the helicopter at BMH-GT. He was flown to an unidentified Jackson hospital in serious condition.
Just as the boy was taken away, rescuers removed Nethery from her vehicle and brought her on a stretcher to the second ambulance. She was asking fiancee Cody Waterbury what had happened. According to Nethery’s Facebook account, the young couple was expecting a baby and had just become engaged the Tuesday before the accident. Waterbury held his fiancee’s hand throughout the ordeal and emphatically told paramedics his future bride was with child.
Mere feet from where Nethery was being stabilized, rescuers were still working on securing Horn to a backboard as she was gently removed from the mangled Mustang. Just as Horn was freed from the steering wheel, a boxer-mix canine stuck its head from the rear driver’s side floorboard to check on Horn. Horn was brought to the third ambulance on a gurney and the 6-year-old was placed on a seat beside her. Both were transported by ambulance with moderate injuries.
Volunteer responders tended to the pup while Horn’s husband was en route from his job at Severstal to the scene. Mr. Horn arrived just as his wife was transported from the site, and he collapsed to one knee when he saw the devastation. The dog immediately ran to his master to comfort him, and the pair raced off to check on their family.
According to sources close to the incident, all of the injured parties, including the 8-year-old boy, have returned home and are in good condition and good spirits.