Greenville teen out of hospital, learning to walk again after road rage crash, attorney says

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Greenville teen out of hospital, learning to walk again after road rage crash, attorney says

Proposal comes after Greenville teen hit, severely injured in road rage incident

GREENVILLE, S.C. —

The Upstate teenager hit and severely injured by a driver during what police called a road rage incident in September is now out of the hospital.

Thirteen-year-old Welfred Hallens was on the sidewalk, walking his sister to the bus stop in September when 56-year-old Norman Gardner, of Taylors, hit him with his car.

Monday, the family's attorney, Christopher Pracht provided an update on Hallens' condition.

"This is a young man who was bedridden for months and is still. Even though he's home now, he's still learning to walk again," said Pracht. "He's not back to his daily life by any means."

Gardner was sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in jail for his role in the incident. That's the steepest penalty, according to state statute.

State Rep. Jason Elliott heard about the incident and filed a bill, hoping to change that. His request calls for the maximum penalty behind bars for incidents resulting in great bodily injury to be increased from 30 days to three years.

According to the bill, great bodily injury is defined as bodily injury which "creates a substantial risk of death of which causes serious, permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ."

For reckless driving resulting in death, the penalty carries up to 10 years.

Welfred Hallons- critically injured in Greenville road rage crash

"I believe that a max of three years in jail for reckless driving that causes great bodily injury was a sentence that was reasonable for that charge," he said. "As a state, we need to take a stand and send a signal that we're not gonna put up with reckless, out of control driving."

Pracht said the Hallens family would be in favor of the change.

"They're not out here looking to lash out at anybody or for any kind of revenge, but what they're hoping is that by this legislation, it prevents it from happening," said Pracht. "That's the point of this, is that people will think before something happens."

Norman Earl Gardner, Jr., 56, is charged with reckless driving in a road rage incident that ended in a crash that critically injured a 13-year old boy.

GREENVILLE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER


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