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Car show helps former deputy's family
Fancy cars and bikes were parked inside Bryant Commons for the Roadway to Recovery Car and Bike Show benefitting the family of Georgia Ports Authority officer William Solomon was Saturday at Bryant Commons Park. - photo by Photo provided.

The Roadway to Recovery Car and Bike Show, benefiting the family of Georgia Ports Authority Cpl. William Solomon, was held at Bryant Commons Park this past Saturday.

Solomon, a former Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was struck by a tractor-trailer in March while directing traffic at the port by Robert Lee Turner, 56, of Riceboro, who was charged with DUI.

The accident left Solomon with life-threatening injuries. He has made significant strides at Memorial University Medical Hospital in Savannah.

The car and bike show helped raise funds to cover the family’s mounting medical expenses.

Solomon’s wife, Aida, has kept the community informed with constant updates on Solomon’s Facebook page and made a rare appearance at the event supporting her husband’s needs. Since the accident, Aida Solomon has kept a nearly constant bedside vigil.

She posted on Facebook that she was deeply grateful for the wonderful turnout at the event and praised organizers Jeremy and Shannon Polston.

“I am still shocked at the lengths you went to make this event so special,” she posted. “Thank you also to all the vendors, car and bike owners, staff, musicians, friends, police officers, members of Liberty County, and all others who took time off their Saturday to sit/stand under the hot sun to help out. I am overwhelmed at the amount of support. Thank you for all your prayers.”

Aida Solomon, who has deeply rooted religious beliefs, said prayers have proven to be the best medicine for her husband.

“God has truly blessed my family by surrounding me (with) so many amazing people,” she said. “I still can’t believe that so many people drove from Florida and South Carolina just to attend. I will be forever indebted to each and every one. I love you. God has been so great.”
Each passing day manifests a new miracle for Aida Solomon. On May 6, her husband underwent yet another surgery to remove scar tissue from his airways. Since then, he has been breathing through his trachea.

“Yesterday doctors wanted to see how William would handle a speaking valve,” Aida Solomon posted Thursday. “This allows air to move through the vocal cords, mouth, and nose. Most times, during the first few days, doctors leave it on an hour at a time depending on how the patient can handle it. William has had it on non-stop since yesterday at 8 a.m. … Thank you God for loving my husband so much and for allowing me to hear all the crazy yet beautiful sounds coming from him. I love waking up to hearing him clear his throat, moan, and groan.”

Turner is currently serving a 10-month jail sentence after his probation was revoked due to the incident at the port. Turner still faces charges related to the crash at the Garden City Terminal.

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