Hit and run marks 19th and 20th traffic related deaths in 2013


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News12 / Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office said 58-year-old Jerry Mims and 44-year-old Tonya Lane are the 19th and 20th people who have died this year in a traffic incident.

Richmond County dispatch got the call around midnight with complaints about a drunk man lying on the road, but when they got there they found Mims dead just off the side of it.

Jerry Mims and Tonya Lane, both from Augusta, are dead after an early morning hit and run, on White Road.

"I wouldn't dare use this road at night. It's not very well lit," Ricardo Jones said.

Before Jones hit the pavement Saturday -- investigators were out working. They are trying to figure out what kind of car and who was driving when two lives were taken.

"I feel very sad for the victim's and their families. It just makes me feel very uncomfortable and unsafe to walk at night," Jones told News 12.

No car was on scene when deputies arrived and Tonya Lane's body was found a few feet from Mims'.

"It could have been me. I walked this road last night," Vante Vereen said.

Vereen walks along this street almost everyday but just like Jones--he tires to avoid it at night.

"That road is pretty dark--it's like an alley--like you're walking around a dirt road," he told News 12.

Investigators are asking for anyone who saw anything on White Road, between Kissing Bower and Olive Roads, to call with info. If no one saw anything Jones hopes the driver does the right thing.

"Stand up and own up to your responsibilities. Everyone has a life, has family, friends, and relatives that love them and care about them," he said.

The sheriff's office wants all walkers to practice safety. Wear reflective or bright clothing and always remember to walk facing traffic and not with your back to it.


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