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Man struck by car at Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville

DAWSONVILLE — A 20-year-old Dawsonville man remained hospitalized Tuesday, three days after he was struck by a car on Perimeter Road near the Mountain Moonshine Festival.

“We believe he was leaving the festival,” said Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle.

The incident occurred about 4:35 p.m. Saturday as thousands of motorists were leaving the annual festival, which drew near-record crowds over the weekend.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone said Graeme Hunt was attempting to cross Perimeter Road in front of Dawson County High School near Hwy. 53 when he was hit by a 2001 Mercury Marquis.

“The pedestrian dashed from the eastern shoulder onto the roadway in heavy traffic,” Stone said.

According to Stone, Hunt was struck by the Mercury and then a second vehicle before hitting the pavement and the front of a third vehicle.

"He was flown to Atlanta Medical Center in serious condition," said Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford.

Billy Thurmond, director of emergency services, said Hunt underwent surgery Sunday.

On an update on his condition could not be determined Tuesday.

David McKee, president of K.A.R.E. for Kids, which organizes the festival, said he would continue to follow up on the young man's condition.

Sheriff’s officials said there were few criminal incidents reported during the three-day festival.