Phenix City investigators searching for car involved in fatal hit-and-run on Stadium Dr.

Phenix City police investigating fatal hit-and-run on Stadium Dr.
One man was killed in a fatal hit-and-run on Summerville Rd. (Source: AP Graphics)
One man was killed in a fatal hit-and-run on Summerville Rd. (Source: AP Graphics)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A hit-and-run accident left a man dead in Phenix City late Thursday night.

The accident happened on Stadium Drive near Clover Leaf Apartments.

Tomeka Cochran says she was getting ready to go to the store around 11 p.m. On her way while driving down Stadium Drive, she says she saw a man off in the distance walking on the side of the road.

"When I saw the guy, I said I hope nobody hits this guy," said Cochran. "Did he want to cross the street? He was walking towards this way."

Cochran pointed up towards the four-way intersection at Idle Hour where the car came from. She says the man stepped onto the road and things turned south.

"This car came and actually hit this guy. I saw his body go up and it came back down. I was screaming, I was crying," Cochran says.

Authorities say a male in his 30s or 40s appeared to have died from blunt force trauma after being hit by a car just in front of the apartment complex.

One of the few eyewitnesses on scene, Cochran says she got out of her car to try to get the car's tag number that hit the man. However, the car was too quick and kept driving.

"I'm quite sure they saw that man. The car kept going. They stopped a little bit, not a complete stop, but I guess when they saw my car had stopped they kept going. I don't know who this guy is, but whoever did this, I wish they would come forward because that was somebody's loved one," Cochran says.

Cochran says she did catch a glimpse of what the car looked like under the night sky.

"It was either a Caprice or Lincoln that I saw. They saw me when I stopped my car," explained Cochran.

Authorities are not releasing the identity of the man killed until family is notified. Meantime, witnesses say they hope someone comes forward to solve this case.

"I did see this man take his last step. I saw this man take his last breath. Because of the impact, when he fell down he was dead then," said Cochran.

Police are asking for anyone who might have information on this hit-and-run to give them a call.

The body is being taken for an autopsy.

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