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Freeman's Son Hurt in Crash

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RALEIGH — The teen-age son of Franklin Freeman, Gov.Hunt's chief of staff, is reported in critical condition after the car inwhich he was riding with friends was involved in a collision Friday night.

Franklin Freeman III, the fourth of Freeman's six children, has been ina coma since the accident. Also in the accident was Hannah Bason, the16-year-old daughter of George Bason, chair of the state's ABC Commissionand head of the state Board of Ethics.

Police reports indicate that the Saab in which the teens were ridingran through a stop sign at the intersection of Millbrook and Town andCountry roads. The Saab was driven by Christiana Fiorilli, 16. Bason andFiorilli have been released from a local hospital.

Fiorilli has been charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.

The driver of the other car, Janice Heard, 43, was not seriouslyinjured, according to reports.

The Heard car hit Fiorilli's car on the driver's side. Freeman hadbeen sitting directly behind the driver; Bason was in the front passengerseat.

Prior to becoming Hunt's chief of staff, Freeman headed theAdministrative Office of the Courts and was Secretary of the N.C. Dept.of Corrections.

His son is a freshman at Broughton High School.

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