Husband of victim in wrong-way accident on River Watch Parkway speaks out

Dr. William Hiltz (WRDW-TV)

Dr. William Hiltz (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, March 15, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A wreck that happened three months ago still weighs heavy on Dr. William Hiltz's mind.

"You have to take care of your kids and you just have to do what you have to do," Hiltz said.

Hiltz and his wife, Amelia, have two beautiful children. Their 1-year-old boy is still to young to realize what's going on, but their 4-year-old daughter is beginning to ask questions.

"Kids are very intuitive, and she knows something is wrong. I've told her, 'Mommy is in the hospital, mommy hurt her head, and we are trying to get her better,'" Hiltz said.

And while Amelia has been receptive to some of treatment, her husband says she still has a long way to go.

"There are fates worse than death and that's where she's looking at. She has a horrific head injury that the recovery from is impossible essentially. The woman she was is gone," Hiltz said.

This is all because of someone driving the wrong way on River Watch Parkway.

Judge William Flemming granted Monique Sullivan bond Friday morning. Sullivan is charged with two counts of serious injury by vehicle, which can carry 15 years behind bars for each count.

Hiltz says he tries not to hold any resentment against Sullivan.

"I don't want my children to feed off of that. I hope she faces justice. What she did was an unbelievable, horrible, and a selfish thing," he said.

Hiltz says he still hasn't heard from Sullivan and doesn't know if he would want to, but he does know what he would ask her.

"Why did you do this to a beautiful soul?" he said.

It's a question this doctor may never have answered.

Hiltz is continuing to work full time to provide for his family as his wife receives treatment in Atlanta, and sadly, his wife celebrated her 33rd birthday on Friday.

Hiltz says his wife is pretty much in a vegetative state. Doctors are trying treatments with her brain -- sometimes helping her to stand up to see if her brain can remember simple activities again. This type of treatment has been successful for others, but on a very limited basis.

As of 3/16/13 the Richmond Co. Jail website no longer has Sullivan listed. So, she has made bail and been released.


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