Posted on Sep 14, 2010
   A Waccamaw High School teen who suffered a brain injury after a recent hit-and-run car accident in Georgetown, S.C. is slowly recovering at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Jasonn Russell, 16, a WHS football and tuba player, is in critical but stable condition after being hit by another former WHS student, 18-year-old Thomas Gallagher, according to Russell's mother, Olivia Russell.

   "He's coming around, slowly but surely," she said. "He's showing signs of improvement. We're just really, really rooting for that fever to go away."

   Gallagher, of Pawleys Island, turned himself in to state troopers Monday, and is charged with leaving the scene of a collision with personal injury, according to police reports. He allegedly hit Russell with his car while the latter walked along Litchfield Rd. Saturday about 11 p.m. with a group of others.

   Olivia Russell was shocked when she heard of Gallagher's arrest. "We really hoped it was a grown adult and not a kid," she acknowledged. "We feel for him just as much."

   She says the support from her son's school and community has been "unbelievable." She also hopes the accident sends a message to other teens to drive safely. "There are so many kids driving while texting or on their cell phones," she explained. "If they would put that down, there are so many accidents that could be prevented."

   A fund has been opened at Conway National Bank to cover expenses for Russell's family. Donations can be made to the "Benefit for Jasonn Russell" at any CNB branch, or mailed to Conway National Bank, P.O. Box 2490, Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576.

   "I just want to say thank you so much for everybody's prayers and everybody's support," Olivia Russell added. "I am just speechless at the support we've been getting."