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Child recovers after Garden City crash

Photo of Cooper Rayfield provided by his family. Photo of Cooper Rayfield provided by his family.

GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) - A child has been transported to the hospital after a crash on Atlantic Avenue in Garden City.

According to SCHP Trooper Bridget Wyant, a minor from Kent, OH was driving a 2006 Chevy minivan on Atlantic Avenue around 9:50 p.m. Thursday night when a three-year-old ran into the street.

The child had broken away from his parents and struck the passenger side of the van. The driver of the van was not injured. The child was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Captain Rodney Jewett with the Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Rescue said the child was transferred to MUSC Friday morning.

The exact condition of the child was unknown Thursday, but Wyant said they will be kept for treatment overnight.

An aunt and uncle of the child reached out to WMBF News on Friday, saying, "We would like to thank all the EMTS, fire and rescue, and police dept. Super nice and helpful. Cooper Rayfield is recovering well. Marc and Jessica Rayfield are his parents and also want to thank everyone who helped."

Accident leaves neighbors wondering when next one will happen

Cooper hit the van on a small section of Atlantic Avenue that connects the causeway to the beach.  This section is just a few blocks long, but some people who live and work along this stretch of road said it is not a matter of if but when the next accident will happen.

"I know it's bound to happen eventually," said Micheal Hysner who runs a rental shop near the intersection of Atlantic Ave. and Dogwood Drive. 

Hysner said that the intersection has always been a problem, and said there is really only one way to fix it.

"I think they could put caution lights and cross walk, and if they put a crosswalk here that would definitely help."

Down Atlantic Ave. towards the beach, Trey Blanton said he sees accidents happen nearly every day.

"Couple weeks ago a girl was running across here to Eagles and she got hit," added Blanton.  "You see people running across the street all night long."

Blanton said a big reason why so many people cross the streets into traffic is that the only cross walk in the area is down near the beach.

"They don't want to walk all the way down the street to get to the crosswalk and wait," added Blanton. "Then you have to come all the way back up."

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