Former Troy resident remains in CCU

Former Troy resident remains in CCU

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2008 10:58 pm

A former Troy resident remains in the critical care unit today at Regional Medical Center in Memphis following an accident near Halls July 20. Courtney Wills, 22, daughter of Steve and Sandy Wills of Troy and a graduate of Obion County Central High School, was unconscious after the accident and has not regained consciousness since, according to her cousin, Linda Flowers of Troy. Ms. Flowers said doctors have removed her respirator and a machine to check for pressure on her brain. “They’re just waiting for her to wake up,” she said. Miss Wills, who recently moved to Ripley, was a back-seat passenger in one of two vehicles involved in the fiery accident which closed U.S. Highway 51 for almost two hours, according to a story on stategazette.com. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported the accident occurred near the intersection with Mill Creek Road, about a mile north of Halls, around 1:48 a.m. Tennessee Department of Safety spokesman Mike Browning told the State Gazette in Dyersburg that Max A. Bingham, 31, of Halls was attempting to turn from the northbound lanes through the cut in the median to Mill Creek Road when his 2004 Ford Explorer struck a 2001 Ford Mustang driven by Tanya L. Harris, 47, Ripley. The Explorer caught on fire. Bingham was taken to Baptist-Lauderdale Hospital in Ripley, while the Mustang’s driver and front-seat passenger, David Hering, 28, of Ripley, were taken to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. Dawn Hering, 26, who was in the back seat with Miss Wills, was also taken to The Med. Ms. Hering had been ejected from the vehicle. The newspaper reported Browning as saying bottles of alcohol had been found at the scene. A bank account to cover medical expenses for Miss Wills has been set up at First Citizens National Bank in Troy, according to Ms. Flowers. Published in The Messenger 7.28.08

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