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Sylvester teen struck during football game

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 14, 2008

WORTH COUNTY, GA (WALB) - What was suppose to be a careless boys night out, turned into anything but. 14-year-old Damion Kitchens and 11 of his friends were on their way back from the Worth County-Fitzgerald football game Friday night.

That is when he was struck by a truck. "He run over Damion, stopped on top of him. Some of the boys told him to back up," said Damion's mother, Barbara Summerlin.

The dark colored Toyota Tundra rode over Damion's left foot, which is now swollen and bandaged. "He backed up, pulled over to the side of the road, asked Damion if he was okay. Damion told him no. He got into his truck and sped off," said Summerlin.

And now his mother and friends are frustrated. "He left my son on the side of the road like he was an animal. I just don't see how anyone could leave someone on the side of the road," said Summerlin. Damion was transported to a hospital, and a report was filed with the Sylvester police department.

One of the boys even took a picture of the tag. "When police ran the tag it came back to a white Jeep. So we are hoping that someone traded vehicles and had not transferred the tag over because it was a fairly new truck," said Summerlin.

The boys describe the driver as a white male in his twenty's. They are hoping that someone with information will come forward. "Somebody has to know who he is. Somebody had to have seen something," said Summerlin.

Barbara says she wants justice for her son. "He can't walk on it. The doctor's said not to. He uses crutches to get around a little bit. I hope he is caught he needs to be punished for what he did. I want him to look my son in the face, and tell him why he left him there."

Because though his foot will heal and scars fade, the memory of being left on the side of the road injured remains. If you have any information about this hit and run incident, call the Sylvester Police Department at 229-776-8501.

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