Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
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The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
April 26, 2006
Mitchell County - James Rigsby was riding his bike on Old Georgia Three when hit by a van. The boy was thrown off the bike and hit the asphalt face first. His bike tore into shreds, and the driver of the van kept going and left him there, not knowing whether he was dead or alive.
It was after 4 PM when Mitchell County Middle School teachers Daphne Young and Tim Wesselman were finally able to leave work. It was later than they expected, but they now know there's a reason for it.
"I didn't think he was alive at first because he was not moving, his diaphragm wasn't moving," says Daphne Young. She says those are the thoughts that first went through her mind when she stopped to check on 15-year old James Rigsby after watching him fly through the air and land face first on asphalt.
She says, "The guy never slowed down in the van, until he got right up on him and it was too late for him to stop."
Young's co-worker, Tim Wesselman, went after the van. He tried to get a tag number, or a description of the driver, but before he could, the van was gone. He says, "I can't imagine the person not knowing what happened, because the boy lay in the middle of the road and the person that struck him did pull to the side and pause long enough. If he looked over his shoulder at all, or looked in the middle at all, the only thing he could have seen was the boy in the road."
Rigsby was in tremendous pain, and losing a lot of blood. Young called 911 and another driver helped divert on-coming traffic. The driver never returned, but Young hopes he'll own up to what he did. Daphne says, "I know that you are probably scared and other things were happening, but everything else, in perspective, it was so wrong. What should have superseded what you were feeling is his condition. This is a human being."
"It must be difficult to be in that driver's position right now," says Wesselman, "but his is a situation that's not going to go away. This driver is going to have to deal with this sooner or later and it's probably better if they deal with it sooner."
If you have information on the person that hit Rigsby you should contact the Thomasville post of the Georgia State Patrol at 229-225-4000 or the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office at 229-336-2030.
James Rigsby is still in the hospital, but he's listed in fair condition and should go home soon.