News 12 First at Five / Monday, July 8, 2013
Bradley Simons (WRDW-TV)
MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW) -- A 22-year-old died early Monday morning 24 hours after what deputies are calling a double hit-and-run accident.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Old Evans Rd and Dent Street in Martinez. One witness is talking to News 12 saying what she saw doesn't add up to a hit-and-run.
Orange evidence circles now dot the asphalt where Bradley Simons was hit by a car, an accident that would take his life.
Nikki Kendrick showed News 12's Laura Warren what the scene looked like that night. She witnessed the accident and hasn't been able to stop thinking about it since.
"Every time I try to go to sleep, that's all I can see is his face and his eyes opening and him laying there in that road by himself," Kendrick said.
She was driving along Old Evans Road early Sunday morning when she says something caught her eye up ahead.
"I knew I saw the body fly across the road, but I didn't know it was a young man," Kendrick said. "I didn't know if it was a dog or deer or what it was."
She says as she got closer, she realized it was a person, and there was a small blue car pulled over on the side of the road.
"When I stopped, the girls were hanging out one side of the window screaming, 'Somebody else just hit him! It was a white Jeep!'
She says she called 911, and instincts took over from there.
"I took my hand and tried to feel a pulse, and he was breathing," she said.
She says the most frustrating part to her was that the two girls in the blue car never got out to come help her.
"You see dogs get hit, and you see people immediately get out and try to help the dog, but that's an animal, this is a human. That was somebody's child," Kendrick said.
The girls told deputies that Simons' body was already in the road when they saw a white Jeep drive by and run over him again.
But that story is something Kendrick has a hard time believing.
She says she never saw a white Jeep, and she also says, "One of the firefighters lifted his (Simons') shirt up really gently and there were no marks on his back."
Kendrick says the blue car the girls were in had damage to its front bumper that the driver said was from hitting a deer recently.
"I looked at the front of the car and that's not consistent with what a deer would do to a small car like that," she said.
Deputies say it was a two car hit-and-run, but they are still investigating.
Officials say they hope an autopsy will reveal more about what happened.