Update: We are sad to report that Braxton Givens, 18 months old, passed away on the evening of Friday, February 20, according to friends of his family.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Givens family.
One-year-old Braxton Givens of Bainbridge is being treated for a serious head injury at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, according to the Georgia State Patrol and family posts on Facebook.
The accident happened on February 16 at 6:46 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 84 West and Cooler Road in Decatur County.
Zach Givens of Bainbridge, was driving his family in a Dodge Caravan minivan. Givens was driving south on Cooler Road and stopped at the intersection. As Givens attempted to cross U.S. 84, he drove into the path of a GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by William “Andy” Bell of Climax, Ga., which who was traveling east in the right lane on U.S. 84.
Givens stated to the state trooper that he was unable to see Bell’s pickup truck approaching; the official time of sunset was 6:26 p.m., just prior to the accident.
Bell’s pickup truck struck the Givens’ mini-van on its right passenger side, causing the mini-van to spin off the highway, where it struck a road sign and then a power pole before coming to rest on the north side of the highway.
According to an accident report, Braxton Givens was in a child safety seat on the right hand side of the mini-van’s second seat. He was later transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital by an emergency medical helicopter.
Zach Givens was not injured. His wife, Taylor Givens, and the couple’s two twin boys, aged 3, had non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge by ambulance.
Bell reported chest pain and went to Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge by private vehicle.
A “Prayers for Braxton” Facebook page that has been set up. Early Thursday morning, Feb. 19, Braxton’s dad posted: “Braxton is still hanging in. There. All his vitals are good. Just keep praying for our baby boy in this time.”
A couple of fundraisers have been started to benefit the Givens family.
One is a blue-and-green bow that is being sold at Nikki Lynn’s Flowers on Dothan Road in Bainbridge. The bows cost $8 each and $4 from every bow will be donated to Braxton’s family.