Sheriff Whittaker updates community on daughter-in-law
Chris Cooper Managing Editor
Sheriff Wallace Whittaker wants to thank everyone who has been praying for his daughter-in-law Kelly, and to keep the prayers coming. Kelly was involved in a serious car accident Thursday, Jan. 22 at the Warren-Logan line when her vehicle struck the back of a tandem truck.
Whittaker’s son Seth, a police officer with the City of Russellville, married Kelly Hargis on Aug. 31, 2013.
“She is still in very critical condition,” said sheriff Whittaker, who arrived on the scene after the accident occurred, and was stopped before reaching his daughter-in-law. The Kentucky State Police handled the crash. Whittaker said he can’t thank all those who helped enough for what they did. He said the Logan County Ambulance Service, the Auburn Fire Department, Air Vac, the Kentucky State Police and everyone else did a wonderful job in helping Kelly.
According to the sheriff, Kelly underwent a few surgeries Thursday, one to repair her carotid artery which supplies blood to the brain. Whittaker said due to impact the artery was severed in half and it was crucial to stop the bleeding into her brain.
“It’s touch and go right now, and doctors have told us we just need to wait and see,” said a sad Whittaker.
Along with the bleeding, Kelly has a crushed pelvis, numerous facial lacerations that will require reconstructive surgery, and a broken back. The good news, said Whittaker, is she has moved her toes and her hands.
“We know that God is in control, and we trust in Him and all the prayers that are coming her way,” Whittaker said.
Kelly is the daughter of Randy and Dorothy Hargis of Bowling Green. Her father serves as a major in the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.
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