News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- Traffic on Meadowbrook Drive moves slowly as deputies try to put together how a 10-year-old was hit at night; but during the day -- traffic picks up speed and drivers quickly forget the close call a young boy had the night before.
"I think we do need to have a little more often monitoring of the speed," said a neighbor.
Officers say Jamario Sanders was dropped off in the middle lane off Meadowbrook Drive and was trying to cross the street when he was hit. Lonnie Owens says he still doesn't understand why someone would let a child cross a busy street alone. He won't even let his oldest grandchild, who's 16 do that.
"I'll stop my car in the proper lane and put my emergency flashers on, so the kids can exit straight to the curb--not using the center lane where they can be hit by oncoming traffic from both ways," Owens told News12.
The driver that hit the child will not be given a ticket and is not at fault, which is something one neighbor agrees with.
"if the child had dark clothing on-- i'm sure it wouldn't be drivers fault that hit the child, because the parent should not have had the kid out there," said Barbara Patten who lives on the street where the child was hit.
Investigators still have not released the name or relationship the child had with the person who dropped him off, but as Owens watches his grandkids plays he says it's crazy to think how a little extra time could've have prevented this.
"A matter of 10 seconds or less to pull into the driveway and then let the kids get out of the car and they can pull back out into the flow of traffic," he told News12.
Deputies have confirmed the driver that dropped off the child was given a ticket but won't release the charges until Monday. As far as the 10-year-old's health, officials at GRU hospital say he's in critical condition.