ROSWELL, Ga. (WXIA) -- It is one more sad twist in the profound heartbreak of Bobbi Kristina Brown's family.
It turns out that the another family is also keeping vigil in a hospital -- for a man who was seriously injured in a wreck with Bobbi Kristina four days before she was found unresponsive in a bathtub.
It was on January 27, at about 4:45 p.m. Bobbi Kristina was driving on Holcomb Bridge Road. According to Roswell police, Brown was driving west, lost control near the intersection with Martin Landing Drive, veered into on-coming traffic, and struck a car going east.
The driver of that car was 41-year-old Russell Eckerman of Marietta.
Thursday, a family spokesman told 11Alive's Jon Shirek that Eckerman remains in a hospital "in very serious condition," and is not yet able to speak.
At the time of the collision, Osse Lessage was with his brother-in-law, outside a nearby strip mall, and they "heard a big bang."
They looked up and saw the two vehicles, the second after impact. They ran to help.
Lessage says Eckerman, at first, had no pulse in his neck, and was unresponsive.
"He was bleeding from his head, and he was bleeding from his mouth, and his ears, as well. Yeah, it was terrible," Lessage said.
He says Eckerman's air bag had not deployed, and Eckerman was leaning forward against the steering wheel, which was bent out of shape from the impact.
Lessage says he could not open the driver-side door because of the damage, so he ran around and forced the front passenger door open, reached in and pushed the driver's seat back, helped Eckerman into a reclining position, and Eckerman started to breath.
Eckerman was still not responding or speaking, Lessage says, except after a few minutes Eckerman did move his right arm.
Lessage says the driver of the other car --who he now knows is Bobbi Kristina Brown -- immediately got out of her car and ran up to check on Eckerman.
"She was running and screaming, 'Oh my gosh.' She was in shock, 'Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, what just happened, oh my gosh.' And my brother-in-law was there (saying) 'calm down, calm down,'" trying to comfort her while waiting for the ambulance and police to arrive.
Roswell police charged Bobbi Kristina initially with failure to maintain lane.
There was a woman in the car with her, Danyela Bradley, 18, of Cumming, who was also taken to a hospital. 11Alive News has not yet been able to contact Bradley to find out her condition. The police incident report lists Bradley as the owner of the car that Bobbi Kristina was driving.
The following Saturday, on January 31, Bobbi Kristina, herself, would be in a hospital, unresponsive.
And two families are connected in tragedy.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down in the bathtub of her Roswell home. She remains in a medically-induced coma at Emory University Hospital.
Wednesday was the third anniversary of Houston's death.
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