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Young man dies for tank of gas

November 23, 2004

Lee County- It seems so senseless, teenagers trying to get away from a convenience store without paying for gas.

Now, one of them is dead. Rico Redding, 18, sped away from the Homerun Food Store on U.S. 19 in Lee County just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He pulled right into the path of a pickup truck. The first six witnesses on the scene all had medical backgrounds and tried to save Redding.

"The driver was not doing real well. We couldn't get a pulse on him," said Amy Waird, who witnessed the wreck. "The passenger was in the floorboard of the car. He was alert and he looked to be doing very well. We just tried to keep him calm and keep him still."

Emergency workers and volunteers could not revive Redding.

His passenger, 18-year old Dantavion Billings, was injured but will be okay.

Investigators are looking for two other young men in a second car who also stole gas and narrowly missed getting hit as they sped away from the gas station.

posted at 10:41 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com