Friends react to hit and run death of teen

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Friends and family of a Whitemarsh Island teen are in shock after a deadly hit and run early Monday morning.

Eighteen-year-old Craig Loxton died after someone ran into his moped along Highway 80 off the Islands Expressway, less than a mile from his home. Loxton was left on the side of the road, where he died.

A passerby saw debris from a vehicle, spotted Loxton's body and called police.

WTOC spoke with Loxton's friends who worked with him at Mr. Pizza in downtown Savannah off Boundary Street as they struggle to deal with the reality of losing their friend.

"I mean, how could you hit someone and not stop? I don't understand it and I don't understand how people think like that," Reese Scarboro told WTOC.

It has been an emotional day at Mr. Pizza, where Craig Loxton's co-workers and friends have been dealing with his death.

"It just sucks that there are people like that in this world," Scarboro said.

"I woke up to the news this morning and it is just slowly sinking in," Mignon Wright told WTOC. "It's going to be way quieter around here without him now that he is gone."

Reese Scarboro and Mignon Wright worked with Loxton almost every day for five months. Four years-ago, Scarboro says Loxton moved to the U.S. from South Africa with his mom and little brother. He graduated from Windsor Forest High School this past year.

"Craig was one of the sweetest guys you would ever know," Wright told WTOC.

"He's one of those dudes, when you see him, he makes you want to smile. He's a really good guy, a genuine person," Scarboro said.

Nervous laughter is not to be mistaken. Reality is still settling in for Loxton's freinds, who remember him on his moped.

"He drove it everyday. He'd drive in with his big goofy helmet on and it was funny," Scarboro said.

Early Monday morning while on his way home from work, where he was a night manager at Mr. Pizza, driving his moped, Savannah-Chatham metro Police say someone, driving a gold 2007 or 2009 Toyota Camry, hit Loxton from behind and left the scene.

Sgt. Anthony Gallo tells WTOC the Camry has damage to it's front bumper and headlight as a result and urges anyone who sees a vehicle matching the description to contact police or Crimestoppers at (912)  234-2020.

"That just makes me lose faith in humanity. I don't know what kind of person would just leave some one to die on the side of the road," Wright told WTOC. "Someone found him and thank God for that person just finding him and calling someone."

While police try to find who hit Loxton, his family and friends hope, whoever it was, turns themselves in to police.

"You can't hide forever. It will only make things worse for yourself," Scarboro said. "Come forward. Have some justice for his family."

Tuesday morning at 11:00 AM, Johnathan Breet McKie turned himself into SCMPD, and was charged with Hit and Run, DUI and Vehicular Homicide in the 1st Degree.

Police say McKie's attorney contacted police Monday night to notify them of where to find the gold Toyota Camry. McKie is being held in Chatham County Jail.

The Loxton family will be holding a private memorial service for Craig Loxton Wednesday night.

Windsor Forest High School is holding a memorial for Loxton Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

A public memorial service will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at The Sanctuary on Whitfield Avenue Avenue.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are looking for the person driving the gold Toyota Camry. Meanwhile, friends of the Loxton family have set up a fund to help with the costs associated with Craig's burial.   

The account is called the Craig Loxton Memorial Fund. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch, and questions can be directed to Wells Fargo Medical Arts Branch on Waters Avenue.

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