Loxton family speaks out on hit and run arrest

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A family grieves as the man police say is responsible for the hit and run death of a teen turns himself into police.

WTOC sat down with the family of 18-year-old Craig Loxton, who was killed after a car hit his moped late early Monday morning and kept going, leaving Loxton on the side of the road.

However, the arrest is providing little closure for Loxton's family.

They still have questions, and say the arrest won't bring Craig back.

It's a reality they are continuing to struggle with despite an outpouring of support from friends and people who they never met before. It's another blow to a family who have had their share of heartache over the years.

"Anybody he came into contact with he touched. He was just a fantastic kid," Judi Iannone told WTOC.

For a mother, whose family who had already lost one son, at age two in a drowning accident,  the death of her 18-year-old son is too much to handle for Iannone.

"It's disbelief, especially for our family having gone through this before with our son dying 12 years ago. This can't be happening. Not a second time," she said.

The call came in Monday around 7:00 a.m. Craig Loxton had been killed in a hit and run accident seven hours earlier, off Highway 80, just a mile from his home on Whitemarsh Island.

"There are just so many more questions. You think, what if? And only if? And why didn't? And all these open ended questions," Iannone said.

Tuesday morning, 38 year-old Jonathon Brett McKie turned himself into police, but the arrest didn't help.

"I still want to know why he drove away? Why he didn't stop? If it was his own child would he have kept on driving," Iannone said.

"There is no comfort. It doesn't change anything. It doesn't bring my brother back. It's not going to make any difference," Andrew Loxton said.

Andrew Loxton is Craig's twin brother. Along with their little sister, their mom and dad moved the family to Savannah from South Africa three years ago. The twins graduated from Windsor Forest High School in June.

"We did a lot together. I just wish there was more time to spend together," Loxton said.

"The pain is still there and it doesn't make it any easier," Iannone said. "His dad is very distraught and his step-mom, and his younger sister. She is nine. Out of everyone she is handling it the worst because they were very close."

Support has poured in from all over the community, from friends to people the family has never met.

"Just knowing there are still people who care when you have lost hope in humanity is comforting," Iannone said.

However, reality is what Craig Loxton's family must now face.

"Until you go through something like this you can't imagine what it is like," Iannone said.

"I just wish he was still here. It's going to be different without my brother," Loxton told WTOC.

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 and funeral will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at The Sanctuary on Whitfield Avenue Avenue.

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.

Meanwhile, Jonathon Brett McKie has been charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree,  hit and run and driving under the influence. He remains in Chatham County Jail.

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