Augusta teenager dies after being struck by car

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An Augusta teenager died Thursday night after being struck by a car on Milledgeville Road.



Demonta Collins, 13, dashed into traffic as he was running from a dog and was hit by a 2001 Acura on the 3500 block of Milledgeville Road, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Collins was taken to Georgia Regents Hospital, where he succumbed to the injuries about 7:15 p.m.

The driver of the Acura was not charged.

Robyn Gledhill, the dog’s owner, was issued a citation for a violation of the state leash law.

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KSL
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KSL 04/11/14 - 01:29 am
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Do not run into traffic.

Do not run into traffic.

specsta
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specsta 04/11/14 - 01:52 am
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Irresponsible Pet Owners

The dog's owner is fully responsible for that child's death. If you have a dog, you need to keep that animal under control and on a leash. If someone is bitten or someone dies as a result of an irresponsible pet owner, they should be held fully accountable. This is not some backwoods countryside, it is a city.

There are tons of dogs walking around and running after people - without a care in the world in this city. No collars, no leashes, nothing. Why haven't these dogs been picked up by Animal Control???

corgimom
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corgimom 04/11/14 - 05:55 am
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specsta, I agree with you

specsta, I agree with you totally.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/11/14 - 07:31 am
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Me too.

Me too.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/11/14 - 07:34 am
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I smell a lawsuit.

I smell a lawsuit.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 04/11/14 - 07:37 am
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I Don't Really Want To Go There

I don't really want to go there but, I wonder what breed of dog it is. The answer could temper a whole 'nother argument.

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rmwhitley 04/11/14 - 08:09 am
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God bless
Unpublished

Master Collins' soul.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/11/14 - 11:42 am
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A "citation"? Really?

If a dog running loose causes damage or injury, the penalty should be in keeping with the damage or injury, including the option of jail time. Repeat offenders should have mandatory jail.

Not having a dangerous dog, a dog that can hurt or kill someone, always secured and locked up is about the same, IMO, as getting behind the wheel loaded.

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The Savage Madame 04/11/14 - 02:08 pm
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The Dog

The dog may not have been dangerous, it may in fact have been any of a thousand or so breeds. Not sure what exactly happened in this case, but if the kid was running from a stray chihuahua, due to irrational fear, then the fault may not be on the dog, but on the parents. I am sure the pitbull haters will grab this story any minute, but the truth is, the pitbull is the go to dangerous breed of choice, so every dog, pitbull or not is labeled as such.

No one should ever run into traffic, even in an emergency.

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Fiat_Lux 04/11/14 - 02:46 pm
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Duh.

Of course no one should ever run into traffic, but people in a blind panic--regardless of the cause of the panic--aren't exactly rational. They're in total survival mode, which sounds like what happened with this kid.

So far, nobody has identified the breed, but whatever it was, it wasn't supposed to be running free and it had an owner who somehow allowed that to happen, intentionally or not.

And a boy is dead because of that.

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_Abbynoll_ 04/11/14 - 03:43 pm
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Sensless tragedy

There's nothing else to call it. So many people are hurting because of this senseless tragedy. I'm sure the dog owner feels horrible, the driver of the vehicle feels horrible, and a family has lost a child much, much too young... and there no words to express a pain like that.

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AutumnLeaves 04/11/14 - 03:58 pm
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Cats are also supposed to be

Cats are also supposed to be inside or on a leash, as much for their own protection as anything else. Lots of luck with that, too.

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Lorraine 04/12/14 - 06:01 pm
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Keep Your Dog on a Leash

There is a victim here and it is the deceased teenager who was no doubt really frightened and attempted to get away from the dog. The dog is not the victim. It does not help at this point to simply say "Do not run into traffic." Keep your dog on a leash so this kind of tragedy will not happen again.

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