Gwinnett teen fights for his life after accident

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GWINNETT, Ga. - A Gwinnett teen is fighting for his life after he was struck by a car while walking to school Tuesday morning.

Doctors continue to treat 16-year-old Jonathan Porter at Gwinnett Medical Center. The Parkview High School student is suffering broken bones and head injuries from the accident.

“Yeah, they were talking about it. They were sort of worried about what was going to happen with him. They want him to get out of critical condition and begin the healing process,” Parkview student Saif Hudda told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.

Students spent Wednesday writing encouraging messages on a giant banner for Porter.

“Everyone was signing their names and wishing the best for Jon Porter,” Hudda said.

Porter was hit by a passing car early Tuesday morning as he walked to school.  Gwinnett police said the driver of the car will not be charged, since the teenager walked out into traffic. Police said Porter was apparently trying to cross Five Forks Trickum Road, about a half mile from the school.

The incident seemed to have weighed on the minds of parents waiting to pick up their children.  April Magda said she tries to pick her children up as often as possible, partly to avoid accidents like what happened Tuesday.

“I (have) middle school (students) and they walk home, so I’m going to be thinking twice before I let them do that.

So far, Gwinnett police have not made the incident report from the accident available.


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