A Hall County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was hit in the head during a traffic stop Saturday is now home recuperating, according to the department.
Sgt. Matt Venable was standing in the center turning lane of Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville June 30 talking to a driver in a stopped work truck when a vehicle crashed into the truck and something hit him in the head.
Sheriff’s Office 1st. Lt. Chris Dale said Monday, July 2, Venable is “recovering at home, and he’s sore.”
“He was in good spirits,” Dale said.
State patrol did not respond to The Times regarding any pending charges in the case.
Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Luke Mize said Saturday the truck, a Ford F-550 driven by Dario Triana, 21, of Marietta, and pulling a utility trailer, was sitting on Browns Bridge Road partly in the center turning lane and partly in the left southbound lane.
Mario Rodriguez Castro, 30, was driving southbound on Browns Bridge Road in the left lane when his vehicle hit the back of the trailer. That caused an object to fly out and strike Venable and caused the trailer to rotate counterclockwise, stopping with its front end in the northbound lefthand lane.
Gabrie Torres De Arellano, 34, of Gainesville, was driving northbound in the left-hand lane and “was unable to get stopped in time and struck the front of the trailer with its front end,” Mize wrote in an email.
The only other person with noted injuries was Castro’s back seat passenger, Gabriela Hernandez-Arza, 48, who also was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with head injuries.
Hospital officials said Hernandez-Arza was later discharged.