My heart and prayers go out to the cyclist. I am glad the driver had the courage to stay at the scene of the accident and take responsibility for his actions knowing he had been drinking. May 5th 2007 a driver hit my brother John Walker 111 on Atlanta Hwy. at 2:30 in the morning as he walked home. The driver got out his truck walked over to where my brother was lying and got back into his truck and pulled off. Thank god someone was driving by and saw the accident. She called the police from her cell and tried to follow the driver to get his license plate number. He manage to get beside her in his truck and tried to run her off the road. She got scared and turned around to go back to help my brother. He got on the loop toward Walmart and that was the end of his worries. My brother who was very active working as a waiter in the restaurant business that he loved. There was no coverage on it in the paper until 2 weeks later when I reached out to the paper for help. The police said they have no leads except it was a 2004-2006 I think ford truck. They got that from the bumper that was left behind. My brother suffered a spinal cord injury, broken legg and head injury that caused him to almost die twice. He went through depression for a while because he is left paralyzed and on disability. He worked part time for a while at Dial- America to get out the house because being at home made him more depressed. Today he's in good spirit living in Louisiana with his daughter and grandchildren and he's back to his happy self. I wish the person who did this think about his actions everyday. It's so heartless to leave a person on the side of the road to die. The police also informed us if the person was ever caught they would only be charged with leaving the scene of an accident because the witness said he was walking in the street and not on the side. My brother don't have much memory of his accident except the bright lights and the driver coming over to look over him. He has put it behind him but I wish one day this guy get a consciouse but I don't it. He's going to get it back twice as bad when the time comes.posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 23:33
@Jaki: That wasn't necessary. she have 7 children so what. People have children everyday. That has nothing to do with the fact that some heartless person took the life of another human being probably for no reason.posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 - 18:13
@1hutch: Yes they have a pool. I worked for the Navy School for 19 years.posted @ Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:27
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Rep. Regina Quick, R-Athens, was one of two local delegates to score less than an "A+" in the Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative score card. She and I played phone tag Monday when I was reporting the story and I wasn't able to get her comments in a timely fashion. Instead, she sent over this statement Wednesday morning and she did not mince her words. (Links and italicized portions are my own; otherwise, it's as she wrote it.) Dear Friends: read more
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