• Hit-and-run victim dies as police search for driver

    By: Richard Elliot


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - The victim of a hit-and-run in DeKalb County died Monday, now police are asking again for help finding the driver.

    Sherill Watson, 55, passed away in hospice four months after a white panel van struck her as she tried to cross LaVista Road near Montreal Road.

    Witnesses remember seeing the van, but could offer very little in ways of a description and even less about the driver.

    "It's frustrating for me because I'm unable to provide closure for the family," said DeKalb police Detective Charles Thomas.

    Thomas said he visited every business along that stretch of LaVista Road but could find no security camera video of the accident.

    He interviewed every witness, but none of them could offer anything other than a vague description of the van and the driver.

    "We actually sat out here on four different occasions, an hour prior to the accident time and up to an hour after hoping that the driver might've gotten relaxed and traveled the same route," said Thomas. "We've been unable to see a vehicle that matches that description."

    The accident happened on March 29, 2013, at about 7:30 p.m. It was still dark since the time had not changed.

    Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction. If you have any information, you can call them at 404-577-8477.

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