Can you help a mother find the person who ran over her son?

Friday, May 17, 2019
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Chaunte Hawes is seeking the person who ran over her son in the Bernie Ward Community Center parking lot. (Source: Facebook)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – A mother wants to your help as she seeks the driver who hit her son with a car and took off.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. in the parking lot at the Bernie Ward Center off Lumpkin Road near Peach Orchard.

“My sister called me about 2:00 this morning and said Brian was hit by a car,” Chante Hawes said.

That phone call sent Hawes rushing to the hospital, thinking the worst.

Hawes found her son, Brian Bussey, 26, in a hospital bed after he was struck.

“He could have been hurt worse than he is,” Hawes said. “He could have been dead. I could have been preparing for a funeral.”

Bussey just went for a walk when he was struck just three minutes after his stroll began.

“He normally walks out there at that time to clear his mind because he has a mental illness, so that’s why,” Hawes said. “It helps him settle himself.”

Bussey was circling the parking lot of Bernie Ward when he says a car began following him.

"He was in the parking lot, and they hit him and they kept going. Just kept going. Didn't even stop to see if he was okay,” Hawes said.

With a swollen face and covered in stitches, Bussey can barely get a word out today, but he does remember one thing about the incident.

“From what he’s told me, the only thing he can remember is just a red car,” Hawes said.

Now, after more than 700 people shared her Facebook post, Hawes has hope she’ll find the driver responsible.

"I think there are still some caring people in this world,” Hawes said. “Not everyone wants to see other people do harm. They want to see justice for this and so do I."

As for the make or model of the car, investigators don't know that yet. The family is hoping surveillance video might also shed more light on the car. Cameras did catch the incident, and the community center is turning it over to investigators.

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