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Benefit held for family involved in accident

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A community came together on Friday to help a Lumpkin County family devastated by a car accident.

All five members of the Wimpy family were taken to the hospital after their van crashed head-on into another vehicle Highway 115 last month.

The baby of the family, Nikolas Wimpy -- who was 8 weeks old at the time of the accident – suffered the most serious injuries. He is still in intensive care at Children's Hospital at Egleston. The now-12-week-old infant needs a trach to help him breathe and a feeding tube for nutrients.

The father of the family, Jon, suffered six broken ribs, while his wife, Aften, had her leg broken in two places and her hip was cracked. Their 6-year-old daughter Lily had a severe laceration that required 60 stitches and surgery. Fourteen-month-old Aiden had a mild concussion.

"A man and his mother was following them, witnessed the accident.  She is a trauma nurse and had her bag with her," said Doug Berliner, the father of Aften Wimpy.

The driver of the other vehicle died of injuries suffered in the accident. That driver only had the state minimum liability insurance, leaving the Wimpy family with thousands of dollars of medical bills.

The family was in the process of moving, so they don't have a place to live. The children are currently living with different sets of grandparents.

A benefit took place Friday night in Dahlonega at the Parks and Recreation Center and featured live music and an auction. All proceeds will benefit the Wimpy family.
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