Former WBTW photojournalist seriously injured in accident (update: WPDE/WBTW Golf tourney raises $20k)

James "Jimmy" Moore suffered serious injury in a vehicle accident on his way to work at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg.

Update 11/21: Jimmy is still on the long road to recovery but his friends and family on the Grand Strand won't let him do it alone.

WBTW and WPDE teamed up today to hold The Jimmy Moore Shootout. A golf tournament that raised $20,000 towards Jimmy's recovery...

Just last week Jimmy was able to breathe without the DPS device for about an hour. He's been taking longer and longer trips away from the hospitals. You can follow along on his recovery journal which is dillegently kept up to date by his newlywed wife,  Jaimie.

Update 9/28: Myrtle Beach locals are hosting the "Jimmy-Palooza" benefit this week at Bumstead's Pub.

Jimmy-Palooza will be this Thursday, September 29th starting at 5 p.m. at Bumstead's Pub on Mr. Joe White Avenue. The $2 cover charge, raffle tickets, and  50% of the bar proceeds will go towards Jimmy Moore's recovery fund.

According to Jimmy's recovery blog and Facebook page, he just had surgery yesterday to install a DPS device. See the First Report below for the back story.

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First Report: James "Jimmy" Moore, a former Grand Strand resident, was seriously injured while driving to work at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg. 

Jimmy was at one time the Chief Photgrapher for WBTW and his local popularity is evident as news of his accident has quickly traveled through Myrtle Beach locals' online social networks. That's what makes this a Myrtle Beach story.

According to Highway Patrol reports, Moore was traveling north on I-85 around 2 p.m. in a WSPA-TV owned Ford Explorer following behind a 1996 Chevrolet pick-up truck. The pick-up lost its spare tire from underneath the bed of the truck. Moore swerved to miss the tire in the roadway and his SUV struck the concrete dividing wall on the interstate causing the vehicle to roll. has a few more details.

As a result, Jimmy has suffered a significant spinal cord injury resulting in nerve damage, and a loss of feeling throughout his body. His tests have come back favorable to show that he doesn't have any sort of head trauma, but there is a large gash on his head that will need a surgery to fix it. 

The family has set up a website on CaringBridge to give progress updates to Jimmy's recovery. You can also donate to the Jimmy Moore Healing Fund through this Facebook page.

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