7-year-old's leg crushed in hit-and-run

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

January 1, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---A 7-year-old boy is in the hospital after being hit by a car just after midnight.

It happened on Jordan Road, off Wrightsboro Road near Macedonia Baptist Church.

The driver sped off after he hit Donald Henley, and now Donald's mother wants justice.

"I was going across the street and the car was going fast and it hit my leg," 7-year-old Donald Henley told News 12.

Mother Tomeka Johnson helplessly watched as a silver minivan rolled over her son.

"Terrifying," she said. "I thought he was gone."

Amazingly, Donald only suffered a broken leg from the accident.

"It was going real fast," he said.

Donald and his Tomeka were leaving the Watch Night service on New Year's Eve at Macedonia Baptist Church on Wrightsboro Road at around 12:30 in the morning when Tomeka says the van came out of nowhere on Jordan Road.

"I was screaming," she said.

Donald was walking across the street back to the car. He got ahead of his mom. When she called for him, he slipped on the wet road and that's when the driver ran over Donald's leg.

"He opened the door and yelled something. I was holding [Donald]. He closed the door and kept going," Tomeka said. "He didn't stop or nothing to see if he was dead or alive."

And now Donald has unanswered questions for the man who left him with a broken leg.

"People don't care," Tomeka said. "It's a child."

According to the incident report, the deputy found both the driver and the child at fault for the accident: the child for crossing a roadway without a crosswalk, and the driver of the hit and run for failing to maintain the lane.

Authorities are still looking for a silver Dodge Caravan with a license plate of AJZ 4023.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.


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