Hundreds of well-wishers are forming prayer chains for William Solomon, a former Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy and current Georgia Ports Authority officer who was injured March 2.
Solomon, a Midway resident, was hit by a tractor-trailer while directing traffic at the Garden City facility, according to Georgia State Trooper Jamie Wilson.
The tractor-trailer driver, Robert Lee Turner, has been charged with DUI and bonded out of Chatham County jail. He then was arrested by the LCSO on an alleged probation for any earlier DUI in Liberty County.
Solomon, who had worked at the port for about eight months, is in Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Aida Solomon posted on Facebook that her husband was touch-and-go for a while. She credits the support from the community, as well as her husband’s faith in God, for the improvements he continues to make.
On Friday, she wrote that her husband was able to periodically breathe on his own for the first time since the accident.
“With each breath he takes on his own, he gets stronger,” she wrote. “This is not by the works of man; this is the hand of God.”
Fliers displayed at area businesses ask for continued prayers for Solomon and his family.
According to court records, Turner was cited in November 2008 for driving without a proper tag. He paid the citation in January 2009.
In June 2012, he was cited for failure to maintain lane and DUI after rolling his vehicle in a single-vehicle accident on Lewis Frasier Road. That October, he was ticketed for failure to move over.
According to records, in January 2014 he was sentenced to 12 months of probation for his October 2012 citation. In May 2014, another 12 months of probation were added for his failure to maintain and DUI accident. He also was fined $2,000 and ordered to do 40 hours of community service.
Turner is expected to face Liberty County State Court Judge Leon Braun when his alleged probation violations are heard.