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State Solicitor will not file serious injury charge against B’shear man Charles Daniels

Charles Samuel Daniels won’t face serious injury by vehicle charges in connection with an April 2019 accident in which he struck firefighter Johnnie Anderson while Anderson was directing afternoon school traffic at County Farm Road and U.S. Highway 84.

State Solicitor Adam Ferrell confirmed that report last week.

“We’re not going to be pursuing any serious injury by vehicle charge,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell chose not to pursue further charges after speaking with Anderson who didn’t want to press criminal charges against Daniels, and after reviewing Georgia State Patrol’s investigative reports.

“Mr. Anderson felt like he didn’t want to pursue those against Mr. Daniels … I agree. I don’t feel like that would be appropriate,” Ferrell says.

“He’s an older gentleman. I’m still breathing, walking, back at work, so I’m just happy to be doing that,” Anderson told The Times.

Daniels’ wife, Mattie, told The Times the couple had no comment regarding the disposition of the case.

Georgia State Patrol will reportedly write Daniels misdemeanor traffic citations in connection with the wreck, but Ferrell wouldn’t speculate as to what those offenses would be.

“My understanding is there will be some citations issued to Mr. Daniels,” Ferrell says. “I don’t want to say (what they are) because I’m not exactly sure yet. It’s going to be misdemeanor traffic offense.”

Anderson was flown to UF Health in Jacksonville immediately after the accident where he underwent several surgeries to repair internal organs and stop internal bleeding. Investigators estimate Daniels was driving approximately 45 m.p.h when he struck Anderson. Bits of Anderson’s reflective vest were stuck to the grill of Daniels’ truck.

Anderson recuperated at a rehabilitation facility in Jacksonville for several weeks before being welcomed home May 22 with a public safety escort. Friends, family and supporters lined Main Street to cheer for Johnnie as he rode through town in a city fire truck.

Anderson’s life-threatening ordeal prompted public outcry for a traffic light at the intersection of County Farm Road and Hwy. 84. Local leaders visited Atlanta to make their case to state officials a week after Anderson was hit. The Department of Transportation agreed to install a traffic light, and the new signal was operational just ahead of the new school term in August.