GSP investigating collision that killed 10-year-old boy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

The Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post is investigating the death of a ten-year-old boy who was killed Wednesday afternoon when he was struck by a pickup truck on Winona Avenue.

According to Sgt. 1st Class K.J. Searcy, Damarius Jones Jr. died as a result of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a 2007 GMC Sierra that was being backed out of a driveway.

“The preliminary investigation shows a truck was backing out of a driveway – backing out northbound – and a bicyclist was travelling eastbound, and the truck struck him,” Searcy said.

Jones was transported to the emergency department of WellStar Spalding Regional Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The collision was witnessed by several people who provided statements to authorities.
Randall Moody, the driver of the GMC, is cooperating with the investigation.

Officials have confirmed the young boy was wearing ear buds while riding his bicycle, but it is not known if Moody’s hearing was obstructed by ear buds.

“We’re involved in the investigative process now,” Searcy said.

The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) is also investigating this incident. Searcy said the SCRT investigative results will be available in approximately six months.

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