• Mom of son killed crossing highway: 'No mother should ever get that knock on her door'

    By: Justin Wilfon

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    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. - A north Georgia mother is left devastated after her son was killed Mother’s Day.

    A driver hit and killed 22-year-old Brandon Mitchell as he walked across Highway 92, not far from his family’s Douglasville home.

    The crash happened just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Around 3 a.m., a chaplain knocked on the family's front door.

    “When he told me who he was and three officers standing behind him, I knew something was wrong," said Mitchell’s mother, Vera Davenport. “No mother should ever get that knock on her door. Nobody should.”

    They told her Mitchell was dead.

    Davenport told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon the car hit Mitchell while he walked through a construction zone.

    He was on his way to work at a nearby gas station.


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    “He loved to go anywhere and everywhere, and he was always happy,” Davenport said.

    According to the incident report Wilfon obtained from Georgia State Patrol, the driver stopped and called 911. He has not been charged.

    Davenport still hopes it serves as a warning to other drivers in construction zones.

    “Slow your vehicle down. That way no other mothers can go through this,” Davenport said.

    She wants to prevent anyone else from having a Mother’s Day like the one she experienced.

    “Every day, tell them that you love them and what they mean to you -- because you never know when you don’t have that. You can’t tell them again,” Davenport said.

    The Georgia Department of Transportation sent Channel 2 Action News the following statement:

    Construction zones are not only dangerous for motorists but also pedestrians. We urge motorists to be alert and use extreme caution when navigating through construction zones. That extends to pedestrians as well.

    Friends of the family have launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for Mitchell’s cremation.

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