Park director recovering after being hit by car

Park director recovering after being hit by car

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Cody Bryan has a long recovery ahead of him after being struck by a car two weeks ago on a hunting trip near Linwood, but a close family friend says his physical health before the accident is a big plus.

The Northside Park director was injured when he was struck by the car while riding a hunting cart along the side of Highway 15.

Bryan on social media described the incident as “100% accident, all part of a PLAN GOD has in place. Not going to bore you with a big long story because at the end of the day all that matters is both involved got more time with their family,” he wrote on Facebook Saturday.

Fortunately for Bryan, the accident occurred within sight of a Linwood Volunteer Fire Department, said Neshoba County Sherif Eric Clark.

Bryan returned home Friday from the University of South Alabama Hospital where he was airlifted after the Nov. 12 accident and praised the local emergency care he received in Neshoba County saying everyone “should be thankful what we have here in our town for emergency situations.”

Lee Ann Fulton, a long-time family friend who has children about his age, said, “He is the kind of person that will make lemonade out of lemons. He is a good, good guy, and I know his family is very blessed and very thankful.”

Bryan has made updates on Facebook since returning home.

“Thank you all for the prayers and love shown to me and my family during this time of setback,” he wrote. “This accident was 100% accident, all part of a PLAN GOD has in place. Not going to bore you with a big long story because at the end of the day all that matters is both involved got more time with their family.” 

Bryan thanked his wife Crystal saying she “provides a testament for ‘better or worse’” and said, “she’s the best.”

Clark said a gray Toyota Corolla hit Bryan at 5:32 p.m. on the way back from hunting on private hunting land adjacent to Highway 15.

“I do not have all the details,” Clark said, noting that Mississippi Highway Patrol was handling the investigation. However, Clark confirmed that the incident occurred on Highway 15 south just north of Road 351.

Clark said his office assisted along with two EMS units and Philadelphia Fire Rescue and local volunteers from the Linwood and Fairview volunteer fire departments.

MHP Sgt. Jameka Moore said there are no pending charges associated with the accident

Fulton said Bryan’s rehab would be difficult but doable.

“All I will say is that he has a long road of rehab ahead of him,” Fulton said. “Cody is strong. He is a runner. He is in good physical shape and is up to the task and ready to do the work.”

Fulton has known Bryan since he was young. He is good friends with her sons, Coker and Kip.

“He grew up at our house, and our sons grew up at his,” Fulton said. “They are just our family, and we love him and will help all we can.”





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