Lawrenceville Police Searching for U-Haul Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Crash
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – September 11, 2018 (wsbtv.com) Police in Lawrenceville, Georgia, are searching for a U-Haul and the driver involved in a fatal pedestrian crash September 10. The story is reported online at wsbtv.com.*
Lawrenceville Police Department Sgt. Chris Ralston said that at approximately 3:45 p.m. on September 10, a small U-Haul drove off the roadway on Johnson Road near Daniel Lane in Lawrenceville. The U-Haul then struck a pedestrian walking down the sidewalk, traveled back onto the roadway, and continued driving. The pedestrian, 79-year-old Tran Hong, tragically died from her injuries.
A neighbor in the area, Ron Spears, said he heard the crash and ran out to check on Hong. He knew Hong from her frequent walks in the neighborhood, he said. “Everyone down through here knows her, and she waves, and we wave,” Spears said.
Spears checked Hong’s pulse, he said, and found that she was deceased. He then brought out a blanket from his home and covered her. Spears, a military veteran, said the incident reminded him of war. He was astounded that the driver left the scene. “That’s not even human to leave somebody,” Spears said. “I mean, would you leave your kid or your wife in the middle of the road? I wouldn’t.”
Lawrenceville Police are searching for the missing driver and the U-Haul. Investigators say the driver is a male, and the U-Haul vehicle has a broken front headlight and a broken corner light. No additional information is available at this time. Officers encourage anyone with details about the location of the driver or the vehicle involved in this hit-and-run crash to call (770) 339-2412.
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