Teen killed on bicycle

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

April 12, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---A tragic accident claimed the life of a south Augusta teenager this afternoon. 17-year-old Jeffrey Griffin was killed while riding his bicycle.

He was hit by a truck at the intersection of Travis and Daisy Lane.

Officers believe the teenager rode out in front of the pickup truck, giving the driver no time for him to stop.

To make matters worse, neighbors tell News 12 it's an ongoing problem there.

It's a big neighborhood where lots of children play, but there's lots of traffic also. And even today while we were there, a couple of children ran out in front of us.

Residents say they believe the problem starts at home and should be addressed there, before another tragedy happens.

"When they come out of Daisy Lane, they come out in front of him, so fast he couldn't stop in time to avoid striking Mr. Griffin," Richmond County coroner Grover Tuten told News 12.

You can see the skid marks on Travis Street where the driver attempted to avoid hitting 17-year-old Jeffrey Griffin. Authorities say there was no possible way for him to stop.

Residents say it's taken this sad occasion for the realization to set in. They claim that more often than not, children are out in the streets, unsupervised.

"I've even said to my kids, something is going to happen. Something is going to happen to wake up the parents eyes to what's going on," said neighbor Wendy Lacobucci.

Wendy says that she's had some close calls, and she says while driving through her neighborhood a child could run out in front of a car at any moment.

"Kids are always out in the streets, they try to chase cars, like, 'Come on and hit me,'" Wendy said. "Kids aren't watching, and I have to be careful as a driver, and it's terrible. It's not just little kids, it's older kids."

"I don't understand it," Aolette Stewart said. "Parents need to watch their kids."

Aolette has lived in the area for over 40 years. She agrees that parents should be more responsible.

"They're riding their bicycles, they don't get out of the street," she said. "I had to get out several times and say, 'Hey move.'"

"And you would think kids would be in the house at dark, but they're not," Wendy said. "They're not. They're outside in the dark with dark clothes on, and you can't see them. It's horrible."

"Now it's up to the parents to say enough is enough," Aolette said. "You know, if they're working, let the neighbors watch the kids...but don't let the kids run in the streets."

As for the driver of the pickup truck, authorities say he was not speeding and it could have been any driver on that stretch. No charges are expected to be filed.

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  • by Monisha Location: Paine College on Oct 22, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    Dang man it's been a long time. I miss u so much. u is always in my thoughts and I love you with all my heart.I miss you. and I thank God for giving me the oppurtunity to get my last converstion with u. I love u. And i kno u n a better place. Monisha. I will always love you.
  • by Monisha Location: Augusta on May 9, 2007 at 04:29 PM
    Harry I miss you so much. I miss everything about you. I really do. But I know that God got you in a better place. I love you. I think about you all the time. You will be missed by alot of people. I love you baby. R.I.P Harry
  • by Michelle Location: Augusta on May 5, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    I would just like for both parties to know I am keeping both of you in my prayers rember GOd loves us all and he dosn't want us to fight, but to understand one anthor and to get along rember the young boy is in a better place and god is watching him and your family. Don't be angry about the accident and driver of the vechile because remember it could of been any one on that stretch. God bless and remember Jesus Christ diead for or inmortal sins and he loves us very much.
  • by Michelle Location: Hephzibah on May 4, 2007 at 04:52 PM
    Everyone needs to shut the hell up. You don't know what it feels like when I saw the boys brains all under the truck but, us blaming everyone isn't going bring him back to life.To me its was know ones fault because Why would the driver want to kill amd innoncent boy you all put it has this was planed and it wasn't at all. Stop blaming the driver ,and try to remember he is in a good place. Everyone fighting about this situation isn't going solve anything. We have to be adults on this situation we can't change the past at all Don't let a liitle thing like that ruining everyones life. ALso has you all see the driver wasn't arrested and even if you all go to court the driver still want go to jail Accidents happen every day and we need to stop blaming him. and who really cares if your dad is a cop he can't arrest him for somthing that happened almost a month ago.
  • by melissa Location: Augusta on May 3, 2007 at 10:15 PM
    I was there when the accident accured and whom ever wrote they had to be speed because there are skid marks is an aboustly moron. Skid marks are a sign of braking not sppeding. The boys were at fault for 2 runnig the stop sign and 2 for not wearing a helmet. Also who rides with 3 people on one bike, and everyone even cops news casters said anyone could of been on that stretch so don't blame the driver for the boys stupid mistake. Also they measure the skid marks and the skid marks also told them they were not speeding. Justices was already served.
  • by lashay Location: augusta on Apr 18, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    well all i have to say is wendy don't kno what shes talking about because matter fact she is a red neck who always have something negative to say and mainly shes talking about my uncle, and his neighbor kids but she must forgot her kids be out there playing right alone with his kids at night now what she got to say about that.
  • by Monisha Location: Augusta on Apr 16, 2007 at 02:14 PM
    I was a good friend to Jeffrey. Actually was his x-girlfriend. I call him harry for short. I knew this boy for almost 3yrs. And I miss him so much. And haven't been a week. I felt like if the driver was going his normal speed it would not happen like this. This is just an honest opinion.Life goes at you fast. So live life the right way. Love Monisha. R.I.P Harry
  • by sharon Location: woodlake on Apr 16, 2007 at 06:44 AM
    this goes out to jeffery as i knew him as(harry) i will miss you boo ut know my love for you will never die down rest in peace baby
  • by Olajuwon Location: Augusta on Apr 16, 2007 at 05:10 AM
    I think first of all the driver had to be going fast for the rubber marks to be on the street i feel that they are just saying he rode out in front of the car!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Justice on Apr 15, 2007 at 02:53 PM
    This is to Nelson, First of all that was my cousin you're talking about and you don't know what happened so for you to say that is like you're saying it's okay to kill innocent kids who decide to ride there bicycles. Get your facts straight befor you make a comment like that again. And the News is making it seem so bad wha about the comments of the neighbors that stated the boys were speeding? Justice will be served, because God Jeffrey and the boy who hit him knows the truth It will come out and not covered up because of the fact that the boy who hit and killed my cousin father is a cop. Its not right people don't let this slip out of your hands because like it was said it could be anybody, so If it was your loved one how would you want justice to be served? And to the Neighbor Wendy Jeffrey was 17 so I'm sure he knew right from wrong so don't even try to say he was dumb enough to run out in front of a car. Were you even out there to see it? JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED!!!!!
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