Suspect indicted in Bowman case
by Joshua Sharpe
June 20, 2013 09:54 PM | 2246 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The man charged in a February hit-and-run in Athens that critically injured a Woodstock teen was indicted this week by a Clarke County grand jury.

According to Athens-Clarke County court records, William Wilson Heaton Jr., 22, was indicted Tuesday on 13 charges in the Feb. 16 hit-and-run accident that left Emily Bowman, 19, with severe brain injuries.

Heaton’s charges include hit-and-run, DUI and serious injury by vehicle, according to Athens-Clarke records.

Heaton is accused of hit Bowman, who was walking along a roadside, with his vehicle and then fled the scene.

Bowman, a former Kennesaw State University student, was in a coma after the accident she now uses a wheelchair and is unable to communicate.

More than four months after the accident, she remains hospitalized, said Holly Ranney, founder of Sunshine for a Ranney Day, a nonprofit group which has recently been working to renovate Bowman’s home in Woodstock.

Ranney said Thursday she spoke with Bowman’s parents Wednesday night and was told that it would likely be several more weeks before she comes home from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

After a surgery last week, Ranney said, Bowman showed some improvement, but that progress has now slowed.

“Now, they’re kind of at a stand-still,” she said. “There hasn’t been any huge progress.”
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