MOST WANTED: Arie Phillips’ hit-and-run suspect still at large

MOST WANTED: Arie Phillips’ hit-and-run suspect still at large

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police are still investigating a deadly hit and run accident that claimed the life of a local teenager back in March.

It's a reality family and friends of 14-year old Arie Phillips cannot accept.

Phillips was hit by a pickup truck while walking along Flat Rock Road in Columbus on the night of March 27.

Months later, there is still no word on the driver or the truck in question.

"According to the witness, the vehicle that struck her was a medium sized pickup truck, dark red or crimson in color and they saw a white tag," said Officer Paul Moody with the Columbus Police Department. "They couldn't make out what state it was."

Officer Moody says the truck also had damage to the front right side and windshield.

He says investigators haven't stopped searching for the driver and will not stop following leads until the person responsible is finally located. But with your help, that search could happen sooner than later.

"We have searched all over the Columbus area for trucks matching that description and so, if there is anyone that has any information that was near that scene of the accident that day and might have seen the suspect, driver, any kind of information could be very beneficial," Officer Moody said.

Meanwhile family and friends of Arie Phillips are still left grieving and are also reaching out to the community for help.

"Whoever you are can you please come forward, we forgive you, but we want justice for our family," says Arie's aunt.

If you have any information that could help police solve this case you're urged to call the number at (706) 653-3400.

Remember you do not have to give your name, and you could receive a reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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