Community help sought to find hit-and-run driver

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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