Child hit by pickup near bus

Boy, 8, in hospital as probe of Saturday fatality continues

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McDuffie County authorities know who struck and critically injured 8-year-old Cassius Walker.

Skid marks pinpoint an accident scene on Mesena Road near Thomson. Cassius Walker, 8, was struck by a pickup about 7 a.m. Tuesday. He was taken to a hospital, and was in critical condition.   Morris News Service
Morris News Service
Skid marks pinpoint an accident scene on Mesena Road near Thomson. Cassius Walker, 8, was struck by a pickup about 7 a.m. Tuesday. He was taken to a hospital, and was in critical condition.

Richmond County authorities wish they could say the same about another case.

Trooper 1st Class Willie Ramsey of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the driver as Wayman Brown, 50, of the 200 block of Dunn Street in Thomson.

A patrol investigation found that Brown hit the Thomson Elementary third-grader with his 1984 Chevrolet S-10 pickup about 7 a.m. Tuesday, as Cassius was crossing the 1300 block of Mesena Road to board school bus 95-4.

The child was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

The 35 pupils on the bus who saw him get hit were taken to Thomson High School, where they met with counselors and clergy members.

In Augusta, officers are still searching for the driver who killed 9-year-old Donovan L. Brown on Saturday.

Donovan had been visiting Plantation Blood and was returning home with two teenagers when he was hit while crossing Travis Road about 9 p.m. Authorities estimate he was about a half-mile from the haunted attraction.

Richmond County sheriff's Cpl. Bill Adams, of the Hit and Run Division, said one teen had already crossed the road. When Donovan tried to cross, his brother yelled for him to stop, but it was too late.

"(The driver) didn't hit the brakes until he actually hit the boy," Adams said. "We think (the driver) didn't see him until impact."

Judging from skid marks, Adams said, the driver was estimated to be driving the posted speed limit of 40 mph. After slamming on the brakes and hitting the child, witnesses said, the driver sped away.

Although witnesses agreed the vehicle was red, they differed on any further description.

"This one is a lot harder because we don't have much to go on," Adams said. "I've got one witness saying it's a minivan and another saying it's an SUV. I don't know what I'm actually looking for."

Normally, debris left in the road can help identify the type of vehicle. In this case, the only small piece of plastic left at the scene provided little assistance.

WITHOUT CLUES, hit-and-run investigations can go cold.

Authorities are still looking for a vehicle suspected in another hit-and-run Aug. 3, when a 12-year-old girl and her dog were hit while walking on the side of Clark Road about 8 p.m.

Although witnesses gave a thorough description of a dark-blue late-model Ford Mustang with racing stripes, officers were unable to find it. Witnesses estimated the driver was white and in his late teens to early 20s.

Jade Philip was not seriously injured, but her dog died.

Adams said hit-and-run drivers typically flee out of fear. Drinking or lack of a license are also factors.

"With younger kids, it seems the first thing they want to do is go home and explain what happened to an adult," he said. "Then they call us."

Generally, the Hit and Run Division sees few children struck by vehicles and even fewer who are seriously injured.

"Usually, children tend to take it a lot better than (adults)," Adams said. "Their bones won't break quite as easily; they bend a little more."

Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said Donovan died of massive head injuries and suffered broken legs.

He is the second pedestrian killed after being hit by a vehicle this year.

The first was James Wright IV, 2, who was killed June 6 when he chased a football into the road.

He and his family were playing in their Boykin Road front yard about 9 p.m.

The driver, Tuowanna Staten, swerved but hit the child, who died three days later at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Staten was pulled from the vehicle by the child's father, James Wright III, 26, and kicked and punched until he was pulled off by family members.

Staten was not charged, but Wright was -- with aggravated battery.

Typically, Adams said, the pedestrian is at fault for darting into traffic. That was the case with both children in the most recent cases, authorities said.

Fatalities record

Pedestrian strikes in Richmond County:

STRIKESFATALITIES*
2010** 76 2
2009 106 5
2008 90 5
2007 72 5
2006 98 7
2005 103 5

* Does not include bicycle fatalities

**as of Oct. 16

Source: Augusta Traffic Engineering Department

REWARD OFFERED

Plantation Blood is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for Saturday's hit-and-run, according to a news release.

The haunted attraction is collecting money for Donovan Brown's family at its 4127 Wallie Drive location.

CAN YOU HELP?

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information on the open hit-and-run cases to call (706) 821-1080.

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dani
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dani 10/19/10 - 12:27 pm
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A little courtesy by drivers

A little courtesy by drivers might prevent some of these accidents. When you see a live being by the road, slow down. Nothing is so important that you can't spare a moment of your time.

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HHSgrad 10/19/10 - 11:50 am
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My prayers for this child and

My prayers for this child and his family. I am praying that he has a full recovery from this accident. I am also praying for the children that was with him that witnessed this accident, the bus driver that witnessed it and the driver of the truck as well. Accidents do happen all the time. Don't lay blame on the driver until all details are given - there are a number of reasons why he didn't slow down in time and until we know why - let's remember and pray for all involved.

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pommom38 10/19/10 - 11:52 am
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Hopefully he pulls through.

Hopefully he pulls through. As usual, not all the info is listed here.
It says at the bus stop, then says while crossing the road. The child may have stepped out in front of the truck and the driver had no time to slow down/stop. Who knows?
Gotta love how all the *calls* are being passed to this place, that place.

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pommom38 10/19/10 - 12:05 pm
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Ok, that helps a little

Ok, that helps a little bit.
The bus was there at the stop, was waiting for the child to cross the road and get on. From the length of skid marks, the truck did try to stop.
Is there a curve or something there?? I know it was still dark, but not seeing a huge school bus with lights?
Prayers for both the child and driver.

dani
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dani 10/19/10 - 12:39 pm
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The driver was on the noon

The driver was on the noon news, he said the amber lights were on and flashing. He was very upset. This was a regular bus stop on his route...more to follow.

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kfoster 10/19/10 - 01:06 pm
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Thoughts and prayers are with

Thoughts and prayers are with the little boy and his family.

miss.k.
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miss.k. 10/19/10 - 01:28 pm
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pommom38 have you ever worked

pommom38 have you ever worked at a dispatch center? do you know the mass chaos that goes on there when something like this happens? McDuffie County usually has Georgia State Patrol work their wrecks, so that is why they were referred to GSP because they are the agency investigating. Plus that is an ongoing investigation and they are not at liberty to comment.

employed person
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employed person 10/19/10 - 01:35 pm
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i do not normally look at

i do not normally look at this site (or any other media outlet) but this was brought to my attention. miss k appears to have cleared up the issue with being forwarded to several agencies nicely. my problem is with why this is news anyway. they are not on the hunt for the offender, victim has been located and tended to so why does the "media" feel the need to bombard the agencies responding and even the elementary school? all of these agencies and the school obviously have their hands full and do not have time for this "right to know" crap. what part of your life is changed by knowing this info if you didn't know the parties involved? it doesn't! it just makes it harder for the people involved to heal and the agencies to do their job!

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Phantm006 10/19/10 - 01:46 pm
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Miss K and "Employed person"

Miss K and "Employed person" I love it when someone hit's the nail on the head. Tell em' again Miss K...

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MysteryWriter 10/19/10 - 01:53 pm
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Well said miss.k. and

Well said miss.k. and employed person. Well said!

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pommom38 10/19/10 - 01:56 pm
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If an accident report creates

If an accident report creates mass chaos? Then maybe procedures or employees should be re-evaluated.
But thank you for clearing up the passing the buck and not returning calls part of the article.
@ Employed, yes it is clear you don't often read media reports. This article and public's reaction are no different than any other article being reported.

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Phantm006 10/19/10 - 02:05 pm
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Hey pom mom, How can you get

Hey pom mom, How can you get a report for something that is not completed yet? If they're still on the scene what do you want a report about? One with just a location on it? Because that's all they'll probably have five minutes after the accident happens. And besides, when there are people involed that have been injured or died, why dont you understand that the process takes a little longer to make sure all the information is correct and thorough. Maybe YOU need to re-evaluate your processes and understand that your dealing with people's families and not just information...

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pommom38 10/19/10 - 02:11 pm
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Phantm, whether new to the

Phantm, whether new to the comments section or not, if you go back and read some of the articles? Majority of posters *assume* immediately.
That was the reasoning behind my comment.
This one, (thankfully) did not have the usual naysayers commenting.
I do know it takes time, I also know you often have to go to other sources to find the *rest of the story*.

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miss.k. 10/19/10 - 02:11 pm
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"Gotta love how all the

"Gotta love how all the *calls* are being passed to this place, that place."
can you tell me where in that sentence you said anything about a report?

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employed person 10/19/10 - 02:13 pm
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phatnm006 well put! pommom, i

phatnm006 well put! pommom, i don't read media reports because they are usually full of inaccuracies and if they truly pertain to me, i will hear about it from a source other than "the media". do you get off on other people's pain and misfortune? i sure don't and that's why i don't read these articles. in a dispatch center, you don't have just that one call going on! you have alot going on with that one call that adds to all that the dispatchers already have going on, not to mention looky loos and "media" adding to call volume. re-evaluate yourself!

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Phantm006 10/19/10 - 02:22 pm
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Pommom, I understand your

Pommom, I understand your reasoning. Everyone want's to know what it is right now. But you have to be patient and not assume people are passing you around. Alot of times that "passing" is done so inaccurate information wont be presented. It seems like you were assuming the buck and calls have been passed. But now it seems you have changed your tune.

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pommom38 10/19/10 - 02:50 pm
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I accept when I have taken a

I accept when I have taken a wrong assumption, always have.
Because you are calm in your post's and try to understand the meaning behind one's comments left, you are answered and respected. When naysayer's like the above, troll and try to get stuff started, they earn no respect or answers.

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mable8 10/19/10 - 03:40 pm
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If the child had entered the

If the child had entered the roadway in order to get on the bus, why did not the driver STOP? Even if the bus had not fully stopped and the child entered the roadway prematurely, the driver was still obligated to slow down because children are so unpredictable. A horrid tragic event; my prayers to the family.

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PeggyRuth382 10/19/10 - 03:48 pm
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Have you often wondered why

Have you often wondered why we need the reporters when we have pommom38? Ridiculous

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sally4302 10/19/10 - 04:07 pm
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I know the mother of the boy

I know the mother of the boy that was injured. She lost her husband unexpectedly to a heart attack less than a year ago. She will be in my prayers with the hope that God will give her the strength that she will need to get through this.

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a different drum 10/19/10 - 06:30 pm
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It seems like every time I

It seems like every time I read about something happening in Thomson -- the Georgia State Patrol is handling it. Do they have a sheriff’s department in Thomson? Perhaps the tax payers in Richmond and Columbia could save money if the counties turned over law enforcement to the GSP.

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sassygirl6664 10/19/10 - 04:55 pm
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OMG SO SAD..YOU NEVER KNOW

OMG SO SAD..YOU NEVER KNOW DAY BY DAY WHAT LIFE HAS IN STORE FOR YOU..GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY

a different drum
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a different drum 10/19/10 - 06:32 pm
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We had a child killed by a

We had a child killed by a hit and run driver in Richmond County. What kind of help has the GSP given Richmond County? I am curious -- I didn't see the GSP mentioned in the article about the Richmond County hit and run.

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esmc68 10/19/10 - 06:00 pm
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I just talked to a member of

I just talked to a member of the Mcduffie Co. B.O.E. and the last update he got was that the child has serious head injuries along with other serious injuries. This is so sad. Please pray for this little fellow.

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esmc68 10/19/10 - 06:01 pm
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Thomson has no "P" in it drum

Thomson has no "P" in it drum

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corgimom 10/19/10 - 06:20 pm
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It is more than likely that

It is more than likely that when the truck driver approached, he was looking at the bus lights- because if the red lights are flashing, you get nailed.

Amber lights means the bus is about to flash its red lights but that it's still safe to pass- which is what the man was doing.

Sadly, accidents happen. People cannot look in two directions at the same time. And there but for the grace of God go all of us.

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humbleopinion 10/19/10 - 06:52 pm
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It seems that

It seems that "employedperson" wants to stick their head in the sand and not know anything that is going on in this community. That is fine with us. We really don't care what you do or where you get your information from. I think this type of story is important as a reminder to other drivers to be CAUTIOUS when driving. Obviously from the length of the skid marks, this driver was unattentive to the stopped school bus with flashing lights and a stop sign extended. There is now a child in the trauma unit which means critical condition because someone was NOT paying attention to the road. My prayers are to this child, his family and those around him.....I'll also say a prayer to those who are so insensitive to the world around them and feel they are above "local news".

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saltine 10/19/10 - 07:03 pm
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Everyone involved,needs to be

Everyone involved,needs to be prayed for.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 10/19/10 - 07:08 pm
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Seems to me that flashing any

Seems to me that flashing any kind of light from a school bus means you should stop especially if a bus is stopped on the roadway. A school bus means there are children present. No excuses.

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gsamanta 10/19/10 - 07:24 pm
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I am a new user, but I just

I am a new user, but I just wanted to comment on this story because I am a resident of Thomson and my husband and I have driven on this road where the accident occurred hundreds of times.
@pommom- Where the accident occurred, there are no curves or hills. It's a straight shot. People just tend to speed on that road all of the time.
@a different drum- Yes, Thomson does have a sheriff's department. What most people don't know is that Georgia State Patrol had a headquarters in Thomson. They just recently moved it. Like another user stated, when there is something to be investigated, GSP gets called. It doesn't mean we have an inadequate police department.
Lastly, prayers all around to all involved in this horrible accident.

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