Timothy Hood, 13, returned home from the hospital Thursday after suffering serious injuries when a car hit him and two of his friends last month. One boy died after being taken off of life support. The other was also injured. JEREMY REDMON / JREDMON@AJC.COM

Boy injured in fatal NW Atlanta car crash suffering from brain injury

One of the boys who was injured in a fatal car crash in Northwest Atlanta last month has been released from the hospital and is now undergoing rehabilitation for a brain injury.

Timothy Hood, 13, a diligent middle school student and aspiring chef, is now struggling to speak and overcome blurry vision, said his mother, Teresa Lawrence.

“He sees his friends and wants to get up. He is used to playing football. He can’t do that,” said Lawrence, a single mother who is raising eight children. “He might get depressed. His eyes get watery. That hurts me.”

Hood also suffered a broken leg and went into a coma after Ryan Lisabeth, 28, of Canton, allegedly ran into him and two other boys near Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Mayson Turner Road. Hood was released from the hospital Tuesday. His friends — brothers Isaiah and Roland Ward — were also injured in the April 15 wreck. Isaiah, 9, was taken off life support two days later. And Roland, 11, suffered a broken leg and broken pelvis.

Lisabeth is facing multiple charges in the incident, including vehicular homicide in the first degree, driving under the influence of heroin and possession of heroin. He allegedly injected heroin minutes before his 2009 Red Toyota Corolla struck the three boys on a sidewalk, a police report shows. Lisabeth has received “threats on his life” and has been placed in solitary confinement for his protection in the Fulton County Jail since he was arrested, his attorney said in a court hearing this month.

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