Richmond County Sheriff's Office working to solve hit and run fatality

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

Augusta, GA (WRDW)- Two days after the loss of 14-year-old Zykeith Harris a lot of questions are still unanswered. Harris and another teen were walking on a bridge on Gordon Highway when they were struck by an unknown vehicle.

"Gordon Highway is very wide and you have to sprint across Gordon Highway to get from one side to the other side," said Sgt. Shane McDaniel.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says when it comes to solving any fatal accident they have to completely recreate the scene.

"We start canvassing the area. We start speaking with witnesses who have seen this, this, or this. We also communicate with the convenience stores in that area," said Sgt. McDaniel.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office still has no vehicle description in this fatal accident. Deputies say trying to solve a hit and run is especially difficult, and, in a case like this, they say they especially need your help.

"This is when the whole community policing comes into play," said Sgt. McDaniel.

The Sheriff's Office wants to find the person responsible for hitting and killing Zykeith Harris, but they say the pedestrian laws in place could save lives.

"There's laws for pedestrians just like there's laws for drivers," said Sgt. McDaniel.

Officials said not walking on a cross walk can easily put you in harms way, and they urge you to not walk on busy highways.

"They need to be mindful of what they're doing. Where they're going. Look for the cross walk. Look for the indicators that's going to tell you when it's a safe time to walk across the street," said Sgt. McDaniel.

Officials said they still don't have any leads, and they need your help.
They say any sort of information is helpful and to contact the Sheriff's Office at 706-821-1080.