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Man hit by car leaving festival
Airlifted 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.

"We believe he was leaving the festival," said Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle.

The incident occurred at 4:35 p.m. as thousands of motorists were leaving the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, which brought near record number visitors to the area over the weekend.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone said Graeme Hunt, 20, of Dawsonville was attempting to cross Perimeter Road in front of Dawson County High School near Hwy. 53 when he collided with a 2001 Mercury Marquis.

"The pedestrian dashed from the eastern shoulder onto the roadway in heavy traffic," Stone said.

According to Stone, Hunt was struck by the Mercury causing him to collide with a second vehicle before hitting the pavement and the front of a third vehicle.

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

Billy Thurmond, director of emergency services, said Hunt had undergone surgery on Sunday.

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

Sheriff's officials said there were few criminal incidents reported during the three day festival.