Student athlete severely injured in Roswell crash

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

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ROSWELL, Ga. —

A Roswell teenager is hospitalized with severe injuries after police said a driver lost control of his car, left the road, and pinned the 17-year-old under the vehicle on a sidewalk.

Cyril Teal's mother told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik the incident left her son with a shattered pelvis and other serious internal injuries.

"Every day is day by day," Tia Merriweather told Petchenik from inside North Fulton Hospital. "He's been sedated but they're hopeful things will be progressing."

Roswell police told Petchenik the still unnamed driver was heading eastbound on Holcomb Bridge about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when he lost control near the intersection at Riverwood Lane, hit another vehicle, hopped a curb and trapped Teal underneath. Police said the driver is cooperating.

Teal, a rising senior at Centennial High School, played varsity football and ran track for the school, his mother said. She said his tenacity as an athlete is helping him pull through.

"Just a great kid. A kid that's very determined," she said. "He has a strong will, and we see that strong will as he's progressing through this trauma.

"Could be medical, could be under the influence," Roswell police officer Lisa Holland said of the driver. "Charges are pending upon toxicology reports. They're checking everything."

Teal's family has retained a lawyer, who told Petchenik he's investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"The information I have is Cyril was still standing on the curb, the sidewalk, when the accident occurred," said Anthony Van Johnson.

Petchenik asked Van Johnson if he feels if the driver acted wrongfully.

"That's what the evidence points to," Van Johnson said.

Merriweather said she also wants to know what happened.

"When you see your kid laying in the hospital bed, helpless, you're signing extensive surgery forms, you want some answers," she said. "Thank God for faith and family and support of the community and close friends. They've really been able to help me make it through this."