COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Police are searching for a driver who hit a 6-year-old in Cobb County.
The boy, Jack, was hit Sunday while walking in a crosswalk on Burnt Hickory Road near one of the trail entrances to Kennesaw Mountain.
Police said a driver in a blue Impala passed stopped traffic on the wrong side of the road and hit Jack in the crosswalk before crashing into a parked car.
“(He) saw I was stopped, never put on the brakes and just came around me and that’s when the father and the two boys were crossing,” witness Sherry Jones said.
Police said the driver, who goes by the nickname Moonie, ran away, but three passengers stayed at the scene. Police arrested one of the passengers, 20-year-old Brian Locklin, on a warrant for a probation violation out of Fayette County.
Jones said Jack’s father comforted him as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
“He was saying, ‘Jack, hang in there. Hang in there, buddy. We’re going to get you help. Hang in there, Jack,’” she said. “I was just so thankful when he (Jack) opened his eyes and I knew he was alive.”
The boy’s father said several people came to help, including a medical student who was nearby. He said first responders were there within minutes.
Jack recently lost his mother to cancer, and his father posted on Facebook that “God and his mother definitely had a protective bubble around him.”
“She was certainly over there with him on Sunday,” family friend Justin Gilland said.
Jack underwent surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Tuesday. His father said he has two broken legs.
“It’s tragic for this family and community and we just ask you to turn yourself in,” Gilland said.
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