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State patrol releases report on Chestatee track and cross country coach incident
Merck injured by vehicle while jogging with students
Stacey Merck
Merck

2015 Battle of Oakwood

Georgia State Patrol has released more details on the incident involving injuries to a Chestatee High School track and cross country coach.

Stacey Merck was struck by a truck’s mirror Sunday morning while running with some students.

She was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment, according to state patrol.

Eric James Stover, 33, of Gainesville, was driving southbound around 7:35 a.m. Sunday on Chestatee Road in a 2011 Dodge Ram truck, as Merck headed northbound.

“(Stover) stated the pedestrian was in the roadway, and his mirror struck the pedestrian,” according to the state patrol report. “The pedestrian stated she was on the shoulder of the roadway, outside the white line.”

No charges are listed in the report, and no one else was injured.

Chestatee High School athletic director Ben Corley said Thursday he was not able to comment on any changes in Merck’s condition.

Merck is a physical education teacher at Chestatee Academy. She also has been a special education and English teacher at Chestatee High School.

 

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