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January 6, 2014

Man hurt in DUI wreck remains ‘critical’

A Dalton man who was in a weekend collision with an intoxicated driver remained in critical condition at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga as of Monday afternoon, officials said.

Christopher Kitts, 20, was taken by LifeForce helicopter to the hospital Saturday after his Toyota Scion was hit by a Ford Ranger driven by Amy Nicole Raburn, 26, of 3558 Lake Kathy Road, Tunnel Hill.

Raburn was charged by the Georgia State Patrol with DUI, possession of meth, possession of tools for the commission of crime, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving without a valid license and serious injury by vehicle.

A news release from the state patrol stated Raburn crossed the center line and center turn lane of Cleveland Highway near Pleasant Grove Elementary School before entering a southbound lane where her truck crashed into the Scion.

A 15-month-old boy who was a passenger in the Scion was taken to Hamilton Medical Center to be evaluated, but additional information on his condition wasn’t immediately available.

Raburn remained in the Whitfield County jail without bond as of Monday afternoon.

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