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One critically injured, one charged in hit-and-run

A Harlem man faces a host of charges following a Monday hit-and-run accident in Thomson that left another Harlem man in critical condition Wednesday morning at an Augusta hospital.

The accident occurred about 1:25 p.m. Monday as George R. Boyd of Harlem was cutting grass in a yard near the intersection of Harrison Road and Mimosa Street. Police said Sylvester Leon Barnes' Monte Carlo left the roadway and struck Mr. Boyd's lawnmower, throwing Mr. Boyd to the ground. The car then returned to the roadway, dragging the lawnmower for 100 yards.

Mr. Boyd was taken first to McDuffie Regional Medical Center, then transported by helicopter to the Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Barnes, 39, of the 6400 block of Jamison Drive in Harlem, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, operating a vehicle with suspended registration, failure to maintain lane and leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury, said Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Ritchie Howard. Cpl. Howard said the GSP's Special Collision Reconstruction Team would be assisting with the investigation.

"There's a lot of factors we're going to have to consider. One is his sobriety," Cpl. Howard said. "And of course we'll corroborate his statements versus the witness statements."

Web posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006

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