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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

A bicyclist remains hospitalized at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after a hit and run driver struck her this morning in Worth County. Priscilla Carter is well-known around south Georgia. Thankfully, her injuries aren't life threatening. Police need your help to catch the driver.

Priscilla Carter is well-respected for her contributions all over Southwest Georgia. That's why people in Worth County are now standing behind Cater to find the driver of that van.

Around 7:00AM, Priscilla Carter was riding her bike with Cindy Cochran along Highway 33 North.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jeff Hobby says Carter was struck by a large white van.  "They were riding North on 33. The van was traveling North on 33, it came by and sideswiped them and it kept going," said Hobby.

The van didn't stop and continued northbound on Highway 33. Carter was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital with a gash on her thigh along with bumps and bruises. She had no broken bones. Cochran was also hit by the van's mirror but she was not seriously injured.

Carter is well known as a former Chamber of Commerce Chairperson in Sylvester. Last year, she was featured on the cover of Georgia Trend magazine for work she and her husband did to revitalize Sylvester and several other south Georgia downtowns. 

"Priscilla would do anything for you. She is a good person and we just hope she'll be alright," said friend Bill Becker.

"Priscilla is one of those people who does things for the right and the good of doing things and she makes a difference, a big difference in the community," said Neighbor Karen Rackley.

Rackley wants the driver to come forward. "You just can't uphold all the good in your life that when you do something like this you need to take responsibility for it. It may simply be just an accident and you may be scarred, but you don't run from it. You always face things head on," said Rackley.

Carter will stay in the community's hearts and prayers as she continues on her road to recovery. The van that hit Carter had a rolling back door and officers are encouraging anybody who has any information to call the Worth County Sheriff's office.

 Priscilla Carter and her husband Hal bought and refurbished historic buildings in downtown areas in Sylvester, Moultrie, Bainbridge, and Colquitt.

 

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