2 injured in holiday wrecks

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Day weekend accidents injured at least two people – including a young man at a local ATV park.

And-rew Cook, 23, was enjoying an afternoon at Boggs and Boulders ATV park in Brooklyn Saturday when he flipped his 4-wheeler, said B&B owner Carol Pate.

Cook was critically injured, and at last report, suffered some brain injury. He was air lifted to Montgomery and then the University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital, where he remained Tuesday in critical condition.

“(It was) just an unfortunate accident,” Pate said.

On Sunday, an Andalusia man was injured in a two-vehicle accident in River Falls.

Alabama State Troopers reported the accident occurred at 8:19 p.m. on U.S. Hwy. 84, when a 2001 Toyota, driven by 25-year-old Shannon Grant, was hit by a 2008 Nissan, driven by Keith Kipp, 46, also of Andalusia.

Grant suffered a neck injury and was transported to Andalusia Regional Hospital for treatment.

Kipp was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Covington County Jail and released Monday on a $7,500 bond.

Sheriff’s deputies were also busy over the holiday weekend. Preliminary reports indicate deputies had to rescue two sets of boaters – one on the Conecuh River Saturday and another on the Yellow River on Sunday; however, the exact circumstances surrounding the incidents were not available when The Star-News went to press.