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Woman charged in wreck that seriously injured coach

By Alexis Stevens - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



It’s hard to imagine being hit by a vehicle traveling 72 mph. And surviving.

But that’s what Christopher Gage did after he was T-boned in a wreck in Cobb County.

The woman accused of causing the wreck surrendered Wednesday, two days after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Patricia Evans, 52, of Kennesaw allegedly ran a red light as she sped through Cobb Parkway and Pete Sailors Parkway shortly before 2 p.m. on May 13, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The posted speed limit in the area is 55 mph, the warrant states.

Marietta police spent several weeks investigating the crash before filing charges, according to Officer David Baldwin.

“There are a lot of measurements and a lot of details and techniques, as well as corroborating witness statements from the scene,” Baldwin said.

Evans was charged with serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, speeding and violation of a traffic control device. Her bond was set at $5,000.

At the time of the crash, Gage had almost made it to the Marietta gym where he works as a coach for the Stingrays cheerleading organization. Family members initially weren’t sure Gage would survive extensive neurological injuries.

But after days in a coma and weeks in the hospital, Gage was recently moved to the Shepherd Center to continue his recovery. Now, cheerleaders are pulling for the popular coach.

A Facebook page serves as a place to update thousands on his progress. And his gym is accepting monetary donations to assist with his medical costs.

Casey Jones, Cage’s friend and boss, told Channel 2 Action News that the wreck has served as an eye-opener.

“It immediately started to touch people, from the way folks were talking about how they drive and worrying about being on cellphones and texting and driving. It’s really been an experience that’s touched the lives of so many of our families,” Jones said.

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