by: Tom Jones Updated:
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Three friends who survived a deadly encounter while changing a flat tire are not happy that the person accused of causing the crash claims he didn't know he hit anyone.
The friends are speaking publicly for the first time. They each say the incident has had a huge impact on them.
“It’s killing me inside, I can't sleep. I get nightmares," said Jodi DaCosta.
"I don't recall what happened. I don't remember getting hit. I don't remember nothing," Devon Witter told Channel 2’s Tom Jones.
"He missed me by an inch," said Paul Witter, Devon's twin brother.
They are three friends who are now survivors after what happened that early morning around 4.
"I didn't expect that to happen," DaCosta explained, still replaying the frightful night in her mind.
Devon Witter said his days are consumed with pain and his mind filled with agony.
"It's hard nowadays to think about what happened and my friend is gone," he said.
His friend, Kleeon Cadogan, is gone after the friends tried to do a good deed for another friend. DaCosta had a flat tire and was stuck on the side of Interstate 20 near Panola Road.
She knew it was a dangerous place to fix a flat so she tried to contact tow companies and roadside assistance, she says. But they wanted too much money. So she did what any friend would do.
She texted Devon and asked him to come and help. Little did she know his assistance would lead to a tragedy that has her riddled with guilt.
"I feel like it's my fault, understand me," she said.
Devon, his brother and Cadogan arrived to assist Dacosta within minutes. They asked DaCosta to move her car further to the right of the emergency lane for extra safety. They knew the task was dangerous so they came up with a plan.
"I was watching the interstate," Paul Witter said.
Serving as the lookout may have saved his life. Witter says he noticed the driver of a black truck swerving towards them. That's when he says he saw the truck hit his brother, then slam into Dacosta's car with her inside. She had no idea what was happening.
"All I heard and I felt was impact and it rained in my car. All glass just shattered on me," she said.
Paul Witter says the truck then hit Cadogan who was down near the front flat tire.
Cadogan, better known as DJ Roc on the local club scene died from his injuries. Devon Witter suffered multiple injuries and was left in critical condition. He is now struggling to recover. He's unable to drive because of his injuries and not willing to get behind the wheel because the crash still haunts him.
DeKalb County police say the man behind the wheel of the truck was Andrew Spencer. They say he didn't stop after the crash and kept going until a witness followed him and that's when he stopped.
Spencer now faces homicide by vehicle and
felony hit-and-run charges.
It angered the three friends after Spencer's mother said during a media report that her son fell asleep, and left the scene because he didn't realize he hit anyone.
"I don't understand how you not figure out you hit three people," Paul Witter said.
"You have to know. You have to. It's impossible not to know you hit two people and a car," Devon Witter said.
Spencer is out on bond.
The survivors want to hear from the man police say followed Spencer and got him to stop that night.
They want to thank him. And let him know his actions that night are helping them in ways he will never know.
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