Leeds man remains in critical condition
by Elsie Hodnett
Jun 08, 2012 | 3730 views |  1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Leeds man whose car overturned in Blue Eye Creek in Lincoln remained in critical condition Wednesday morning.

Lincoln Police Investigator Matt Hill said Marcus Johnson, 39, was listed in critical condition at St. Vincent’s Hospital Birmingham.

“The investigation into Monday’s accident is concluded,” he said.

According to witness statements, Johnson was traveling east on McLain Avenue Monday along the right-hand shoulder of the road.

Shawn Burks said Johnson drove slowly along the shoulder before getting stuck beside an embankment dropping off into Blue Eye Creek.

“I tried to get his car door open and help him out,” Burks said Monday. “But he held onto the door and started accelerating. He gunned it and I got out of the way.”

Burks said the man kept accelerating and the tires spun, then the vehicle rolled over and into the creek.

“Had it not been for the heroic actions of Lincoln Police officers Tracy Steele and Britt Robbins, Lincoln Police Capt. Darren Britton and two bystanders, Shawn Burks and John Elston, who pulled him out of the water and rescued him, and the Lincoln Fire and Rescue responders, Mr. Johnson wouldn’t be alive now,” Police Chief Travis McGrady said.

Hill said based on statements made by family members, Johnson has Type 1 diabetes.

“Low blood sugar could account for the erratic driving and lethargic behavior that led to his accident,” Hill said.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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