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Columbus Police Seek Public's Help In Two Unsolved Hit And Run Cases

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -"Its hard to have to go without my son," says Tracy Jakes, in tears.

Six months later, a mourning mother, still pleading for her son's justice.

19 year-old Adrian Huling was traveling along Amber Drive on his scooter when, police say he was hit and killed, after being hit by a van.

The driver of the white van drove off.

"The last thing I said to my son was that I love you and to be safe and 45 minutes later, we're receiving a call that he's gone," says Jakes.

Five months later--in a different part of town, another family mourns the loss of James Collins.

Collins was riding his skateboard on Buena Vista Road, when an SUV struck him.

The U.S. Marine died at the age of 24.

The unknown driver left the scene.

"He had did two tours to Afghanistan and Iraq and to come back to this. You expect it when he's over in Iraq, but not here." says Collin's father, Matthew Collins.

Now--Corporal Rosalyn Hall, the lead detective for the Hit and Run Unit, has a desk covered in paperwork about these two unsolved hit and run cases.

New leads about the driver of the stolen van that hit Huling.

"We just do not have a driver yet. But we do know that someone in this community knows who the driver of this van was," says Hall.

Hall says more evidence is needed.

And in the Collins case, investigators are now looking for a specific type of SUV.

"The piece of evidence we have is a turn signal type marker that's exclusive to a Tahoe, Suburban or Avalanche," she adds.

Two families and the police plead for your help in finding the persons responsible for the deaths of two young men, family members say had promising futures.

"I'm asking the public to help me and the family," says Hall.

If you have any information on either of these cases, give Corporal Hall a call at (706) 225-4040.

There's a $1,000 Crimestoppers reward for each case.



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