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No charges filed in I-985 wall rescue

Police identify 2 drivers from May 1 incident

POSTED: May 9, 2014 11:01 p.m.

Gainesville police identified the motorists involved in an early morning fall May 1 off an Interstate 985 ramp.

The plummet required a rescue effort from Gainesville firefighters for one injured man.

Cpl. Joe Britte, spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department, said Friday that Stuart R. Martin fell early May 1 after his vehicle broke down on the roadway. He had been driving southbound when he traveled onto Exit 17 heading toward Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway in South Hall County, police said.

He left his car unattended then fell off the roadway down a 30-foot retaining wall facing the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.

A car driven by Demond Randolph struck Martin’s vehicle shortly after, police said. The incidents took place in the dark, about 5 a.m. Martin did not leave any vehicle lights on.

Randolph stopped and was able to hear Martin’s cries for help and called emergency personnel. Randolph was not injured in the wreck, although his car was significantly damaged, police said.

Gainesville fire responders had to use a ladder truck and ropes to perform a high-angle rescue to retrieve Martin, fire officials said. He was treated at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, where he was hospitalized for almost a week before being discharged Wednesday.

The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed.


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