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North Hall security guard making ‘remarkable progress’ following wreck; driver to be charged

A North Hall High School security guard injured in a Sept. 19 wreck has begun physical therapy and is set to be moved to a regular hospital room, while the driver is set to be charged Wednesday, Sept. 26, according to authorities.

Ashley “Lauren” Parr, 21, of Gillsville, who was directing traffic at the time of the wreck, is still in Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s intensive care unit but is expected to be moved to a regular room after “remarkable progress,” according to the family.

“In addition, she has begun physical therapy and is recovering at a rate unexpected by her attending doctors, especially considering the severity of her injuries when she was first admitted. The family thanks everyone for the prayers that have been offered up for Lauren during this time,” said Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins.

Parr was thrown 12 to 15 feet after being hit by a Jeep near the school Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities.

Lanier Dudley, 50, of Talmo, is scheduled to be booked in Wednesday at the Hall County Jail, where he will be charged with serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, failure to obey authorized person directing traffic and violation of the Georgia Hands-Free Law.

Georgia State Patrol said Dudley was driving a Chevrolet Silverado southbound on Ga. 283/Mount Vernon Road around 3:47 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, as Dakota Joy, 17, of Clermont, was leaving the high school in a Jeep Compass.

Georgia State Patrol post commander Anthony Coleman said Parr, dressed in a reflective vest and gloves, “directed the Chevrolet Silverado to stop and then motioned for traffic on the school property to begin to enter out into the roadway on Ga. 283.”

“Mr. Dudley was distracted by his cellphone and failed to stop for the crossing guard,” Coleman wrote in an email. “As the Jeep Compass entered out into the roadway, the Chevrolet Silverado struck the left side of the Jeep, causing it to rotate counterclockwise.”

The Jeep then struck Parr as the car rotated.

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