Local pub raises money for employee injured in hit-and-run crash

A Brookhaven restaurant is helping raise money for a beloved employee who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash on I-285 last week.

Jeannie Smithwick works at THERE Gastropub in Town Brookhaven, Channel 2 Action News reported.

"A lot of customers come here because of her. They love her," her boss, Bill Brown, told the news station. He set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her medical costs; it's raised more than $10,000 as of Friday morning.

Two other people were injured in the wreck on I-285 in Sandy Springs early last Wednesday.

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According to Sandy Springs police, the wreck happened near Northside Drive around 2 a.m.

Sandy Springs police said a 2009 Vista blue Mustang hit all three drivers and sped off. A suspect has not been identified or arrested.

Smithwick remains in serious condition; Brown said she had surgery this week for a brain bleed.

"We’re all looking forward to the day she walks back in here. It’s terrible," Brown said.

One of the other victims is also still in serious condition at the hospital.

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Ryan Harrison, one of Smithwick’s friends, previously told Channel 2 that she is an “amazing person.”

She loves her family, her friends. Everybody loves her,” Harrison said when he stopped by Grady’s Intensive Care Unit. “Anybody that’s gonna hit three people and just leave the scene of an accident, that’s scum of the earth.”

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