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Child critically injured in accident

By Ed Brock

A 13-year-old Jonesboro boy is clinging to life following an accident that occurred as his mother was taking him to school Tuesday morning.

Darrin Harvey, a 7th grade student at Pointe South Middle School, was still in critical condition at Egleston Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Alia Cory said. His mother, 39-year-old Lana Shelton of Eagle Drive, and 17-year-old sister Charday Harvey received minor injuries in the accident that occurred around 7:25 a.m. at the intersection of Tara Boulevard and Cardinal Road, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said.

Shelton was driving east on Cardinal Road in a Mitsubishi Diamante with Darrin as a passenger in the back seat when she attempted to make a left turn onto Tara Boulevard. Michael Drummond, 18, of Jonesboro, was traveling south on Tara Boulevard when he hit the Diamante, Turner said.

"The brunt of the impact was on the 13-year-old," Turner said.

Shelton and the children were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center and Darrin was taken to Egleston later in the day.

Turner said that at one point medical personnel lost Darrin's pulse.

When asked by an officer on the scene why nobody in her car was wearing a seatbelt, Shelton said they were "running late." An inspection of Drummond's Ford F-150 pickup truck showed that his headlights were on when the accident occurred, according to a police report.

Charges are still pending in the case.

Darrin is "just a typical middle school student," Pointe South Assistant Principal Enika Bryant said.

"He's a pretty quiet student. He keeps to himself," Bryant said.

Bryant said she doesn't know of any extra-curricular activities in which Darrin is involved but said he has a regular circle of friends. Administrators have not had much reaction at the school yet, Bryant said, because they are still receiving information on Darrin's condition.