A benefit concert will be held today for a Buchanan woman who narrowly escaped death in a car accident, suffering from a broken neck and other severe injuries.
“I went to get gas in my friend Ashley Hunt’s car that night,” said 18-year-old Brittany Bennett. “It was raining, and I was headed north on Arbachoochee Road when I lost control, skidded across the road and slammed into a tree, which the police said had been hit many times. I went out the rear window, and it ripped my scalp off.”
Brittany recounts how, by chance, she was discovered by a friend soon after her accident on Dec. 29, 2012.
“My friend and fellow cheerleader, Jordan Murdock, just happened along that night and found me in the wreck. If Jordan had not found me when she did, I would have bled out.”
Brittany said Life Flight took her to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where it took five and a half hours to repair her scull, three vertebrae, and her spinal cord.
“The surgeons did a fantastic job,” she said. “I’m so thankful to be alive and to be walking. I know God spared me.”
A former server at Tallapoosa’s Crossroads Restaurant, Brittany is now employed by Carrollton Walmart while attending the University of West Georgia. A 2012 graduate of Haralson County High School, Brittany completed one semester at UWG before the accident, according to her father, Kenneth Bennett.
“I’ll be glad when she heals and can get on with her life and go back to college,” Kenneth said.
Unfortunately, Brittany’s injuries are only partially covered by insurance.
The Bennett family said that while some of Brittany’s medical expenses are covered by insurance, huge bills remain. Brittany and her parents said they realize her healing and their financial burdens are not over, but they expressed gratitude for all the help they have received, especially from Becky Sexton Wylie, who urged promoter Johnny Moss of Sonrise Entertainment to put on the concert.
Brittany’s mother, Becky Bennett, said, “Johnny Moss is a wonderful man. He is helping our family tremendously. Living in a small town where everyone knows and helps each other is great; they are beautiful human beings.”
Moss said many musical groups will donate their time and talents to entertain from 1 to 10 p.m. today, at Bremen’s Sewell Mill. The lineup includes Blind Side, Bucky and the Blues Bandits, Cotton Road, Eight Souls, Joe Yeoman and Death Shot, plus solo and acoustic performers James Buckner, Jake Johnson, Nancy King, Josh Lollis, Morgan Taylor and Brandon Wylie.
There is no admission charge, but special offerings will be accepted. For more information, contact Johnny Moss at 770-780-5985 or email@example.com or on Facebook.