Community help sought to find hit-and-run driver

Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 9:17 AM
Last updated 11:31 AM
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Authorities said today that help from the community will be key to finding the driver who struck and killed a 9-year-old boy this weekend.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Maj. Richard Weaver said authorities are looking for a white male driving a red, smaller-sized SUV. He cited a Ford Explorer as an example.

Weaver said they are relying on witness statements and physical evidence to piece together just who hit and killed Donavan L. Brown Jr. at the corner of Travis Road and James Drive about 9 p.m. Saturday, but that help from the community is needed.

“We need people just to call in anything suspicious,” Weaver said. “We need the community to get involved to help us solve this thing.”

Donovan, a fourth-grader at Willis Foreman Elementary School, was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald.

McDonald said Donovan died of massive head injuries; he also suffered broken legs.

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mable8 10/18/10 - 10:14 am
Condolences to the family of

Condolences to the family of this child. I hope that the individual responsible is caught soon; he/she must have been speeding to cause this much of an injury to the child. Perhaps if you had been going the speed limit, you would have been able to stop in time. There is no excuse for having fled the scene under any circumstances.

dani 10/18/10 - 10:38 am
Apparently, in spite of the

Apparently, in spite of the darkness,the brother of the victim got a good look at the driver to say that it was a white male. I hope they find the guilty party.

dpm626 10/18/10 - 10:43 am
They need to change the speed

They need to change the speed limit on Travis Road. It is currently 40 mph. I hope the person driving the car turns themself in, or is caught soon. My prayers go out to the family and friends.

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