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Dawsonville man hit by car leaving festival
Transported to trauma center in serious condition
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A pedestrian was airlifted to an area hospital Saturday afternoon after being hit by a car on Perimeter Road in Dawsonville.

The incident occurred as thousands of visitors were leaving the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, which organizers predicted would bring 100,000 tourists to the area over the weekend.

Officials said Graeme Hunt, 20, of Dawsonville was attempting to cross the road near Hwy. 53.

"He was flown to Atlanta Medical Center in serious condition," said Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford.

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle said he believed Hunt was leaving the festival when he was hit.

A spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol, which in investigating the incident, said troopers remained on scene as of 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

"No additional information can be released at this time," he said.

David McKee, president of K.A.R.E. for Kids, which organizes the festival, said he had just learned of the incident Saturday afternoon and would continue to follow up on the young man's condition.

Sunday afternoon, Billy Thurmond, emergency services director, said Hunt had undergone surgery earlier that day.