Pooler PD locates vehicle they believe was involved in fatal hit and run

POOLER, GA (WTOC) - Pooler Police have found the suspect vehicle they believe was involved in a deadly hit and run just after 9:00, Sunday night.

Officers located the dark-colored Mustang on Tuesday. Lt. Tyson tells us the car was found in Pooler after a resident noticed it and called police.

Police responded to the crash involving a motorcycle on I-95 near the 103-mile marker, at 9:10 p.m. That's right in between the airport and Highway 80 exits.

Trooper First Class Josh Riddle with the Georgia State Patrol says hit and runs usually happen on back roads where there are no lights or security cameras, but this one happened on a heavily-traveled interstate.

"And the problem with those is there could be multiple people out there and that's what we're having a problem with is because of witnessing, but we're not getting that information from them," TFC Riddle said. "That rider had a family, and I try to reach out and tell people if that was your family member, you'd want people with information to come forward with it."

Trooper Riddle says there are several reasons as to why people may leave the scene of an accident.

"We've seen them where they knew what they hit, but they didn't stop because they were scared. We've seen them where they didn't know they hit something because they were distracted or they were just tired."

You should never leave the scene. In some cases, the driver may not be charged, depending on the incident. Trooper Riddle says as soon as a person leaves the scene, he or she could be looking at a felony charge.

"That's why we always tell people, you need to stop, and of course, it comes down to many factors, like DUI or being scared, but you need to stop, and anybody who witnesses it needs to come forward with at least that information."

There is no word of any suspects at this time. Lt. Tyson says he's still waiting to release the name of the motorcyclist who was killed. A crash report should be ready at the end of the week which will include more information as to what happened on Sunday.

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