Hitchhiker shoots driver in jaw

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 12:10 PM
Last updated 12:13 PM
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An Augusta man was shot in the jaw this morning after refusing to give a man a ride.

Terrell Tavaris Merriweather, 19, was driving home from work at 2:14 a.m. when he was flagged down by a man on Jackson Road, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Calvin Chew.

The man, who was described only as being black, asked for a ride, Sgt. Chew said. After Mr. Merriweather refused and began to drive away, he was struck by a bullet that passed through his jaw.

He continued driving and eventually lost control of his car and ran into a car parked at 1419 Wedgewood Drive. He collapsed in the yard and was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he is in serious condition, Sgt. Chew said.

Jackson Road connects Wrightsboro Road and Walton Way.

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naturehazard
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naturehazard 12/30/09 - 12:21 pm
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Something sounds fishy. Who

Something sounds fishy. Who stops at 2:14am in the morning. When being flagged down by a complete stranger. Especially if you're getting off work at 2:00am. Most people would be rushing home so they can go to sleep.

aug706chick
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aug706chick 12/30/09 - 12:50 pm
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I am a close friend and know

I am a close friend and know the situation very well...this young man was only being a good samaritan and was in the wrong place at the wrong time... How does it sound fishy??? That a man entering his subvision to go home after a long day of work and get struck by a gunman after refusing to pick him up... Is it because he is a black male who is 19? Before you make judgement on another persons life make sure you are not being bias or racially challenged thank you NatureHazard....

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Patty-P 12/30/09 - 12:52 pm
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He could have just been

He could have just been stopped at a traffic light or a stop sign. With crime the way it is now, it does not sound fishy to me.

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redapples 12/30/09 - 12:58 pm
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Doesn't sound fishy to

Doesn't sound fishy to me...sounds like a random act of violence! People, get over your jaded opinions and form some educated ones! Violent acts occur against people of all races.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/30/09 - 01:02 pm
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While traveling the USA in

While traveling the USA in the near future, always make room for your two best friends: Smith & Wesson.

Notreally
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Notreally 12/30/09 - 01:07 pm
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Funny RIP somebody might also

Funny RIP somebody might also meet your two friends and have a 350 Magnum ready for those two.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/30/09 - 01:10 pm
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Where in the story does say

Where in the story does say that the victim is black, aug706chick? Are you finding "racism" where none exists? Sounds to me like you might be the one racially challenged. Is it because the victim has a "cultural name" and you assume we all assume his race? Sounds like you may have an issue.

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latosha_5 12/30/09 - 01:23 pm
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well it says the driver was

well it says the driver was flagged down, the shooter asked for a ride and the driver refused and began to drive off...why did he stop for this man? it is so scary and dangerous to do anything nice for people these days. God bless and i hope he has a sucessful and speedy recovery.

jbomb
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jbomb 12/30/09 - 01:40 pm
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hey fatboy how many white

hey fatboy how many white guys do you know with the name terrell??

stillamazed
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stillamazed 12/30/09 - 01:46 pm
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It is possible for a person

It is possible for a person to stop and offer help without giving a ride, I would possibly make a call for someone but not give a ride. I hope the young man is going to be ok.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/30/09 - 02:11 pm
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uhhmmm, if aug706 is a close

uhhmmm, if aug706 is a close friend I think she would know what race he is. The edit button desn't work, so I doubt she changed her post.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/30/09 - 02:15 pm
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My prayers for this young man

My prayers for this young man and his family. I never ever stop for hitchhikers and in the last years, I really have stopped even stopping to ask if one needs me to call for help these days. These criminals are getting worse, they even set up fake break downs just to catch a good samaritan. It sucks the criminals have made it to where a person in true need of assistance won't get helped these days.

dani
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dani 12/30/09 - 02:18 pm
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I have to admit it does sound

I have to admit it does sound fishy.

LouLou
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LouLou 12/30/09 - 02:22 pm
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I happen to know someone by

I happen to know someone by the name terrell, but that's beside the point. You DON'T TRY TO BE GOOD SEMARITAN TO ANYONE you don't know @ especially nite time. TOO DANGEROUS.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/30/09 - 02:46 pm
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Jbomb, I know four guys named

Jbomb, I know four guys named Terrell. All are white.

OutInSpace
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OutInSpace 12/30/09 - 02:49 pm
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The deputies on the scene

The deputies on the scene reported the gunshot wound victim as a black male. How many of your white buddies have Tavarious as a middle name?

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/30/09 - 03:06 pm
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Ok, outinspace, that's great.

Ok, outinspace, that's great. I didn't hear what the police reported, as I was asleep. Where in the article does it say the victim is black? I know several people who have names that are generally "reserved" for an opposite race. Aug706 made a stupid statement and I called them out on it.

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belle 12/30/09 - 03:08 pm
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Outinspace...is this the
Unpublished

Outinspace...is this the article you were looking for this morning?

disssman
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disssman 12/30/09 - 03:32 pm
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A gun goes off at 2:14 and no

A gun goes off at 2:14 and no one saw anything? In looking at the map it appears that there are many nice houses in the neighborhood so what gives? Do these people just roll over and give up their neighborhood? What kind of country are we trying to survive in? What has changed in this country in the last fifty yrars that didn't exhist before.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 12/30/09 - 03:38 pm
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Welcome to the CSRA. Is

Welcome to the CSRA. Is anyone really surprised?

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InChristLove 12/30/09 - 04:03 pm
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disssman, the report said the

disssman, the report said the victim continued to drive a ways after being shot, then ran into a parked car so maybe the neighbors didn't hear the shot (depending on how long he drove before crashing). Nothing sounds fishy about this and I have to agree with redapples. This was just a random act of violence. Patty-P, what difference would it have made if he stopped at a traffic light or stop sign....he probably would have still been shot. This suspect was looking for someone to rob and luckily this young man was just shot while driving off. If the suspect had gotten into the car Mr. Merriweather might be dead right now somewhere in a ditch or wooded area instead of a hospital. My prayers are that he recovers and this slimeball is caught.

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the_source 12/30/09 - 04:06 pm
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I know several white guys

I know several white guys named Tyrone. Terrell has no color connotations in it.

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DonnieJoe 12/30/09 - 04:06 pm
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i pick up hitchhikers all the

i pick up hitchhikers all the time all hours of the day and night of course i always have my "Little Buddy" with me

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johnston.cliff 12/30/09 - 04:19 pm
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While cruising the hood at

While cruising the hood at 2:14am each morning, I often stop for strangers trying to flag me down. Especially if I'm looking for something. I always get off of work at 2am, so this is a common occurrence. Once I get shot in the chin, I think I'll stop cruising for strangers waving their arms.

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heart_less 12/30/09 - 04:44 pm
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I don't care how you dress

I don't care how you dress this up. Something about this story does not sound right. There is something fishy about this. Someone flags you down in the middle of the night and you stop...come on.

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CobaltGeorge 12/30/09 - 04:51 pm
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Darn it, this happened in

Darn it, this happened in Richmond not Aiken county. I will not post my opinion because I wouldn't want naturehazard to have a hissy hissy.

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mieshel 12/30/09 - 05:10 pm
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Don't sound fishy to me... I

Don't sound fishy to me... I have driven to get gas and while leaving my truck, a man came up to me before I can go into the store to pay for the gas. I ignore him, and take care of my business. As I leave to pump the gas, this fool is asking me for my number! I ignore him, pump my gas and as I get into my truck, he called me a b&*(.... so I know this type of crap happens..and that was at 6pm

dani
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dani 12/30/09 - 05:25 pm
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or a case of not paying for a

or a case of not paying for a purchase.

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gaspringwater 12/30/09 - 05:27 pm
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Sounds like another law

Sounds like another law abiding, upstanding, tax-paying citizen let a criminal get his gun, or sold it to him.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/30/09 - 05:46 pm
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fatboy, once again, aug706

fatboy, once again, aug706 said she is a close friend so she would know his race, why do you keep mentioning where it is in the article?

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