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May 1, 2014

Coach hurt in fatal wreck ‘very stable’

The Dalton State College assistant basketball coach injured in a Monday evening wreck remains “heavily sedated” and it could be two to three days before he is taken off the sedatives, the school’s athletic director said.

Dalton State Athletic Director Derek Waugh said there had been no change in John Redman’s condition on Thursday. Redman is at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

“He’s very stable. There’s been no change (in his condition), but sometimes no change is good,” Waugh said. “He’s not any worse.”

Redman is not in a coma, Waugh added, but is in a kind of “drug-induced sleep” to help him recover from swelling of his brain. He also suffered several broken bones.

The wreck occurred in Meriwether County, about 40 miles south of Atlanta, and claimed the life of Redman’s fiancee, Brittany Huber, a City Park School teacher’s assistant. Investigators said Redman lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Georgia State Patrol spokesman Tracey Watson said a specialized collision reconstruction team will recreate the wreck over the next several weeks to determine exactly what happened.

“(Redman) driving too fast for conditions is the primary contributing factor,” Watson said.

Huber, 25, and Redman, 23, were to be married this weekend. They had been engaged since June 2013.

Huber’s stepmother, Lori Huber, said the family planned visitation for today at 5 p.m. central time at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., where the couple, both from the Mobile area, were to be married. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m.

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