Local man remains in critical condition at Tallahassee hospital

A young Cairo man is still listed in critical condition at a Tallahassee hospital two weeks after he was flown there by helicopter for treatment of severe trauma he endured after being hit by a car.
Blair Chastain, 23, was struck by a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix on Second Avenue, N.E., in Cairo on Wednesday, July 30 at 2:23 p.m.
Although Cairo Police know who was driving the Grand Prix, they have not filed any charges deciding, instead, to present the case to a Grady County Grand Jury to have that group decide whether a case should be brought.
According to Cairo Police Investigator Giovanni Santos, actions by both parties “come into play” at this point in his investigation.
Joseph Cody Kearns, 25, of Cairo, was stopped at a stop sign on Second Avenue N.E., where it intersects with Fourth Street N.E., when Chastain drove up beside him, and stopped in the lane for oncoming traffic. After verbally arguing, Chastain got out of his car and walked over to Kearns’ open window on the driver’s side, Santos says.
As Kearns started backing up his car, Chastain allegedly punched him in the face, breaking Kearns’ glasses and causing his nose to bleed, according to the police report. Santos says Kearns then accelerated quickly in reverse and his car struck Chastain. A witness told police the force of the blow threw Chastain back several feet into the air, and then he landed on his head.
Kearns called 911, according to Santos, and later went to Grady General Hospital for treatment of the injuries to his face.
Santos said Tuesday of this week that he is still working to complete the case file to give to District Attorney Joe Mulholland who will then present the evidence to a Grand Jury, possibly in September of December. That group of Grady Countians will be asked to decide whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Tallahassee Memorial Hospital said Tuesday, that Chastain remained in critical condition there.

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