Student in serious condition: One-car accident injures WAP student

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 11, 2005

DEMOPOLIS – Whitney Martin, a West Alabama Prep student, was transferred to the UAB Hospital Friday after she was seriously injured in a Friday evening accident.

According to Demopolis Police Chief Jeff Manuel, police received a call at approximately 6:01 p.m. alerting them of a one-vehicle accident involving two area students on Bell Grayson Road between Highway 43 and Jefferson Street.

Manuel said DHS student, Derrick Robertson, was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer when he reached for something he had dropped on the vehicle’s floorboard.

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“He basically lost control of the car,” Manuel said. “The report says both of them were not wearing seatbelts.”

Manuel said Martin was immediately transferred to the Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital and then transported to Birmingham.

DHS principal Dr. Isaac Espy said he has talked with Robertson’s mother, Sherry Robertson.

“I think he’s ok, but I am sure he’s having a tough time dealing with this,” Espy said. “He’s a super nice guy.”

Espy said although Martin recently transferred from DHS to WAP, he is still concerned with his former student.

“We’ve made an offering to her family to do what we can. We are really upset,” he said. “But we’re all waiting to see what her diagnosis will be.”

As of Monday afternoon, Martin was listed in serious condition in UAB Hospital’s intensive care unit.