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Lula councilman struck by car, taken to hospital

Lula City Councilman Robert “Lamb” Griffin suffered six broken ribs and was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after being struck by a car Monday night in Lula.

Griffin should be able to come home Tuesday, Lula Mayor Milton Turner said.

“He’s doing surprisingly well and resting comfortably,” City Manager Dennis Bergin said Tuesday afternoon. “He expects to fully recover. … We’re grateful for all the prayers that went up.”

Griffin, 78, was walking around 5:30 p.m. Monday on the shoulder of Ga. 51 when he started crossing the westbound lane, Georgia State Patrol said. A car driven by William Carter, 61, of Commerce, was driving eastbound on Ga. 51 near County Line Road.

“(Griffin) then began crossing the eastbound lane in front of (the car). (Carter) swerved to the right and the right tires of (the car) traveled on the south shoulder,” according to state patrol.

Griffin collapsed in the eastbound lane after hitting the left side of Carter’s car.

State patrol said Griffin suffered lacerations to his head and was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

No charges will be assessed, according to state patrol.

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