The driver of the 2015 Toyota Corolla that ran off the road after he experienced a medical emergency Monday remains in the hospital in a condition that is not yet described as stable. He has been identified as Ted Smith, 61, of Monroe.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Cal Barton, Smith suffered a major heard attack while traveling west on Highway 138. This caused him to run off the north shoulder of the road traveling about 122 feet, hitting small bushes and trees and the embankment before coming to an uncontrolled rest facing west. There were no passengers in the vehicle with Smith at the time and Barton said the airbag was not deployed. Smith was taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital, where he remains as of Tuesday morning.
Walton County Fire Rescue reports that a medical emergency resulted in a single vehicle accident in the area of Highway 138 and Nunnally Drive just after 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
According to Battalion Chief Ron Herren the driver had suffered what appears to be a heart attack.
“Walton County Sheriff’s Office removed the driver from the car and began CPR. Fire crews arrived and began advanced procedures,” Herren said. “The driver was immediately transported to Clearview in serious condition.”
Herron said the wreck itself was minor.