Former Fulton County school board member Ron Jackson and his wife Liz Jackson, a retired Cobb County school system principal, are recovering after being hit by a Lincoln Navigator in downtown Roswell.
"We found out the hard way how big those things are," Ron Jackson said.
Ron Jackson, who is active with community organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell and is a longtime volunteer with Crabapple Middle School and Roswell North Elementary School and a diligent Red Cross blood donor, shared the harrowing news via Facebook:
"As some of you may have heard, Liz and I were hit by a car while walking from Alive After Five this past Thursday evening.
We were in a crosswalk with the right-of-way when a driver made a left turn into us. The impact knocked us down the street and two bones in Liz's arm/wrist were broken. She had surgery on her left arm Thursday night.
I have a sprained left ankle (maybe tendon issues) and I left a bunch of skin on Magnolia Street but, other than not being able to walk at 100%, I'm fine.
For Liz, we are hoping that the skin over the wound will heal without any grafts. She has an outstanding orthopedic surgeon who performed her procedure and he says things are looking good.
We thank you in advance for your concern for us. Right now we do not need anything other than your thoughts and prayers for speedy recoveries. I may not be able to acknowledge your concern individually, but please know we appreciate you and feel blessed that our injuries were not more severe."
In January 2014, when Atlanta was paralyzed by a two-inch ice storm and many schools suddenly became overnight shelters, Liz Jackson found herself running an impromptu slumber party at Keheley Elementary School in Cobb County, where she was principal at the time.
School had been dismissed early that day but with all of metro Atlanta seemingly on the roads at once, some students and teachers wound up struck. Jackson sent all of her staff home as soon as she could, and stayed with two stranded kindergartners.
"We've done movies, we've done games, we've done snacks," she said during a phone interview with the AJC at the time. "The cafeteria manager called and told us where to find food. "
The kids, by the way, weathered the bad weather just fine. Custodian Ron Wright, who had left earlier with the rest of the staff, got stuck on nearby Trickum Road so he walked back. Upon his return he made snow cream for everyone, which the 5-year-olds deemed a bit hit.
"We're safe," Liz Jackson said at the time "All of our (other) kids got home safe. That's the most important thing."
She's still hospitalized and he's recovering with a sprained ankle. In an update post, he thanked the community for all the support since the ordeal:
"Honestly, I can't think of anything we need but your continued positive thoughts and, if you are so inclined, your prayers.
Thanks again for your concern -- we really appreciate everything. And I did have a good Fathers' Day because the woman I have loved for 47 years is on the mend!"