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NEW INFO: Lone Survivor's Condition Improves After Fatal Wreck Near Jacksonville

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Hospital officials said the lone survivor of a fatal wreck near Jacksonville is now in good condition.

By 5:30 Friday morning, 40-year-old Michael Theodorakis was listed in good condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Troopers say just before noon on Thursday, the man's father, George Theodorakis of Lake Waccamaw, was behind the wheel when he lost control and the car wrapped around a tree on U.S. 17 near the Southwest Creek Bridge, just south of Jacksonville.

Investigators said George and his wife Betty, who was in the passenger's seat, were both killed in the wreck. The couple's adult son, Michael, was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Troopers said they are still working to find out how Theodorakis lost control of the vehicle.

All three were wearing seat belts at the time of the wreck, according to troopers.


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A mother and father are dead, while their son was seriously injured in a vehicle crash south of Jacksonville today.

The accident happened just before noon on U.S. 17, near the Southwest Creek bridge.

The Highway Patrol says 70-year-old George Theodorakis of Lake Waccamaw was driving while 71-year-old Betty Theodorakis was the front seat passenger. Their son, 40-year-old Michael Theodorakis, was in the backseat and airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

The vehicle was wrapped around a tree in the median and troopers say it was headed northbound when it lost control. All three people inside the car were wearing seat belts, according to troopers.

The News Reporter, a newspaper in Whiteville, tells WITN that the father and son were big sports fans in the county, coming to every East Columbus High game.

The son, who worked at a sheltered workshop for adults, lived at home and was in the care of his parents, according to the paper.

Troopers say they are continuing to investigate why Theodorakis lost control of his car.


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