A 22-year-old father was struck by three vehicles and killed Monday night in Duluth, but police said the first driver who struck him never stopped. A day later police were still searching for the driver in the county’s third deadly hit and run involving a pedestrian in less than three weeks.
The incident happened around 9:45 p.m. on Boggs Road, according to Gwinnett County police. When the officers arrived, they found the man lying dead in the roadway, police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
Investigators said Dante Wilson, of Lawrenceville, was attempting to walk across Boggs Road from the Autumn Vista Apartment Complex at 1500 Boggs Road to the Magnolia Pointe Apartment Complex at 1475 Boggs Road. But Wilson, the father of a 5-month-old girl, never made it, police said.
At that point, the driver of a maroon Honda who was traveling on Boggs Road in the left lane toward I-85 struck Wilson, Pihera said.
“The driver of the maroon Honda struck the pedestrian with the passenger side mirror,” Pihera said. “The driver fled the scene without stopping to render aid or call 911.”
Two other vehicles that were going in the same direction also struck the man. A black Buick was traveling in the right lane and a silver Mercedes were traveling behind the red vehicle in the left lane when the incident happened, she said.
As Wilson was lying in the roadway, the driver of the Buick struck the man, Pihera said. Moments later the Mercedes struck Wilson. The drivers of the Buick and the Mercedes stopped at the scene and were interviewed by investigators, Pihera said. Their vehicles were towed to headquarters for processing, she said.
Dashene Chatman told 11 Alive News he saw his friend and neighbor moments before he was struck by the vehicles.
“He had a big heart, a big personality,” Chatman said. “Every time you’d see him, he was always smiling.”
Chatman said he rushed over to check on his friend as he lay motionless in the road.
“We ran over there,” Chatman told the news station. “We checked on [Dante]. We checked to see if he had a pulse. He had a pulse with us,” he said. But Chatman said police soon informed Wilson had died.
Police are trying to identify the driver of the maroon Honda and is asking anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver is asked to contact Investigator Sammander in the Accident Investigation Unit at (678) 442-5629. Tipsters can remain anonymous and contact Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-8477. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.