Grandfather run over, left to die in street

Channel 2's Liz Artz spoke exclusively with officers investigating this homicide.

EAST POINT, Ga. — Police are searching for the driver who ran over a grandfather, left tire tracks on his clothing and left him to die in the street.

It happened Sunday around 3:30 a.m. on an access road near busy Camp Creek Parkway in East Point.

Police say Dewey Edward Skidmore, 60, died of blunt force trauma to the chest when he was run over.

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A person nearby heard something strange and ran for help down the road. Detectives found Skidmore’s body lying in the street.

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“We located tire tracks on his clothing along with grease marks on the back of his trousers, the front of his trousers and his shirt so that is definitely leading us toward some sort of vehicle that struck him,” Capt. Cliff Chandler said.

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Skidmore’s son says he had just reconnected with his father.

“It’s hard. I grew up without him. I didn’t get a chance to know him good before someone killed him,” Mark Skidmore said.

Dewey Skidmore had an 18-month-old granddaughter.

“He was proud of her. He told everybody about her everywhere he went. He talked about her a lot,” Mark Skidmore said.

Police are working with nearby hotels and restaurants to obtain surveillance footage in hopes of getting a good description of the suspect car.

“This man was a grandfather and a father of three boys who loved him a lot. We want to see justice done,” his daughter-in-law Brittany Wilson said.

Mark Skidmore says his dad was well-known in Atlanta in the 70’s and 80’s as a local musician who played around town.

Investigators say the road is well lit, and a club, the U-bar, down the street was just closing. They're hoping someone saw something.

"We believe that there were people out and about at this time of morning, just due to some of the other businesses that were open,” Chandler said.

His family drove more than an hour to talk to Channel 2's Liz Artz in hopes someone will come forward. Police say the driver could face a murder charge.

“How do you sleep that night, or the following night? How are you sleeping last night when you killed somebody? A father, a dad, a person,” Mark Skidmore said.

If you have any information please call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. You can remain anonymous.

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The 60-year-old was found on an access road in south Fulton County with tire tracks across his clothing.

Posted by WSB-TV on Wednesday, July 20, 2016