Child recovering after hit and run

Child recovering after hit and run

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Troopers are looking for the driver of a car who did not stop after hitting a 6-year-old child.

Georgia State Patrol said 6-year-old Travion Banks was hit after running into Pecan Terrace Road Saturday night.

The incident happened in front of 126 Pecan Terrace, a side street off of US 19 just outside the city limits of Americus.

The driver of a burgundy car was passing an 18-wheeler parked on the side of the road, when Banks suddenly ran out, and was hit.

His injuries are non life threatening, but the driver did not stop at the scene.

Resident Moses Maddux moved to this street in 1968 when he was 2 years old. He remembers playing frequently with his friends growing up.

"Very seldom would you hear of a tragedy with the children playing in the street or anything. No more than somebody fall off a bicycle and scrape their knee or something," said Maddox.

He said neighborhood children still play in the streets, and there is even a sign at the front of the road that warns drivers to watch for them.

"You have to be conscious of that.. aware of the fact that there are children over here playing," said Maddox.

Sergeant Peck with Georgia State Patrol says drivers should always be on the lookout for foot traffic in neighborhoods where people may be walking.

"It's your responsibility as a driver to not only operate your vehicle, but it's also to be aware of the potential hazards around you," said Sgt Peck.

That's advice Maddox says he knows and will try to spread to others in the neighborhood.

Troopers are actively looking for the driver and say they have some leads on where they and the car may be.

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