Teen Dies in Wreck

Second Youth in Critical Condition

A teen died and a second person still fights for his life after a tragic accident last Saturday morning.

According to Harris County Coroner Joe Weldon, Colby Hooper, 18, succumbed to his injuries, passing later that morning, shortly after 11 a.m. The cause of his death was listed as blunt force trauma.

A graduate of Harris County High School and former resident of the Ellerslie community, Hooper had been working in Columbus and recently residing there.

The tragic event does have a silver lining in that Hooper was an organ donor. Lifelink of Georgia facilitated the tissue donations that will allow other people to live.


It was shortly after midnight and three teens were traveling south on I-185 in a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

They apparently missed the Ga. Hwy. 116 exit and the driver is reported to have made an abrupt maneuver attempting to still access the exit ramp.

The driver, a 16-year old male whose name has been withheld due to his age, lost control of the truck resulting in a horrendous crash.

Inside the truck was a 17-year old male, whose name was also withheld, and 18-year old Hooper.

During the crash, Hooper was thrown from the truck and suffered massive injuries.

The 17-year old male also suffered extensive injuries while the driver was reported to have suffered minor injuries.

The report of the accident resulted in the Georgia State Patrol, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, two ambulances from Harris County EMS, and Antioch Fire Department responding to the scene.

Hooper, and both teens, were treated at the scene and transported to Midtown Medical in Columbus.

The driver was treated and released.

Earlier this week, the 17-year old male was listed in critical but stable condition. He was reported to be in a medically-induced coma and no further information was available at deadline.


The accident remains under investigation but emergency services officials were quick to point out that no evidence of alcohol or drugs were found.

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