Originally created 05/24/04

Driver leaves scene after injuring 2 men



Two people were seriously injured in a collision at the intersection of Ninth and Reynolds streets Sunday night, police said.

Police are seeking what witnesses described as a white Isuzu Rodeo that left the scene after striking a 1995 Mazda Protege that was traveling south on Ninth, said Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Brandon Reeves.

The Protege's driver, Keith Howell, 27, was thrown from his car and pinned underneath, Deputy Reeves said. Witnesses said the SUV was traveling west on Reynolds and ran a red light before hitting the car, knocking it against a light pole. The SUV then backed up and drove west, witnesses told authorities.

Deputy Reeves said injuries to Mr. Howell and another passenger, Theodore Becton Sr., 20, were serious. Mr. Becton's son, Theodore Jr., 9 months, was also in the car. The toddler, who was strapped inside a car seat, appeared to have escaped serious injury, Deputy Reeves said.

All three victims were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Their conditions were not available Sunday night.

The SUV's driver faces charges of disregarding a red light and leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, Deputy Reeves said.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.