“The sheriff is still down at Grady, and they’re doing testing, and we really just don’t know more than that right now,” Col. Don Bartlett with the Cobb Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon. “We don’t know what’s wrong with him or how serious it is.”
Bartlett said he had visited Warren, who is 66, at the hospital Thursday night.
“I saw him last night when I was down there and was able to talk to him and he seemed OK,” Bartlett said. “You know, he and Col. (Milton) Beck were banged up pretty badly in that wreck with that car flipping over like it did, so like I said, they’re still doing the testing, and as far as anything specific even if I knew anything, which I don’t, out of just patient confidentiality and privacy I can’t give anything like that out.”
Warren and Chief Deputy Milton Beck were on their way to the state Capitol Thursday when a man driving a Ford pickup truck pulling a trailer lost control while merging onto I-75 south of the Northside Drive exit. The man, 40-year-old Jeffrey Ronald Collins of Loganville, hit the white sport-utility vehicle being driven by Beck, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Collins “came all the way across from the right hand side and hit the back end of their car, which then spun the front end around, and then the vehicle rolled down the expressway over and over,” Bartlett said.
Beck, Collins and his passenger, Timothy Lamont Johnson, 48, from Lithonia, were not seriously injured. Warren was taken by ambulance to Grady with minor injuries.
Beck was recovering at home on Friday.
“Milton Beck was banged up pretty badly,” Bartlett said.
As for his Thursday night visit with Warren, Bartlett added, “He was talking. He was coherent. He was banged up but OK.”
Warren and Beck were driving to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harris Hines as the high court’s new presiding justice.