Savannah, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – A South Carolina State University football
player came to the rescue of three children following a three-vehicle accident
WTOC reported Monday that junior defensive end Reggie Owens played an integral
part in the efforts following the accident at the intersection of West Gwinnett
Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Georgia
State Patrol said Frederick Cobbs, who later failed a sobriety test, ran his
car through a red light and struck the car of Ericka Griffin, which spun
through the intersection and hit another vehicle.
At least two of Griffin’s three children were thrown from their car.
Owens, from Statesboro, was traveling back home from South Carolina State for
the holiday weekend when he witnessed the accident. Messiah Griffin, 2,
suffered a severe cut near his eye, while Dontrell Griffin, 8, came to rest
under a car with a broken arm, and Charles James, 5, suffered cuts.
“I stopped; I was the first on the scene,” Owens told WTOC. “I rushed out to
make sure everyone was OK. As I approached the cars, I saw one child that fell
from under the car. I had to pull him from under the car to keep him from being
“I thought, ‘This is bad,'” Owens added. “I immediately had somebody tend to
him. I had a shirt; I took my shirt off. I plugged his wound. I had to stop the
bleeding, he was bleeding profusely. I knew I couldn’t move the bodies, but I
could at least stop the bleeding.”
Ericka and Sharkia Griffin were treated for concussions. Messiah Griffin
required reconstructive facial surgery on Monday.
Owens collected 33 tackles and 4.5 sacks for South Carolina State last season.
The Bulldogs earned a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.