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Hit and Run Van Found; Driver Missing

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  Police have found a van that matches the description of the one that reportedly hit 19-year-old Adrian Huling.

It was recovered at the intersection of Wellborn and Eton Drive.

The van's owner told officers it had been stolen.  Neighbors say they saw a white van speed away from Amber Drive Tuesday night after crashing into Huling and his moped.

No arrest has been made in this case. 

Huling is a former Shaw high graduate, going for his pre-law degree at Columbus State University.

No one in his family ever imagined his life would be cut short at the hands of a hit and run driver.

"Someone left him, left him on the side of the road without giving any consideration to stop or call 911. They hit him and left," said Tracy Huling, Adrian's mother.

Around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night, Huling was driving on his scooter south along Amber Drive on his way home from his aunt's house.

As he approached the yellow flashing light on Luna Drive, things went horribly wrong.

Jerome Calhoun saw everything happen from his front porch right near the intersection.

"I see a white minivan come up, speeding, and they hit the kid on the moped, and just drove away, just like that," said Calhoun.

Across the street, Shani Forte was in her home when she heard a commotion.

"We heard a big smack, then saw the guy on the ground, and the scooter was in pieces," said Forte.

Witnesses say the driver actually stopped for a second, then took off speeding down Luna Drive.

Police are now looking for that white Dodge or Chrysler minivan, with damage to its the front and right side.

Adrian's family, though, is calling out to the driver on their own, hoping he or she will finally come forward and admit to their mistake.

"Just turn yourself in. By you being out there, not saying anything, it's not fair to us," said Huling.

Residents who live near the intersection say even thought the driver is at fault, the traffic light is partly to blame.

They say at least five accidents in the last two months have been caused by people not knowing if they have the right of way or should yield at this blinking yellow light.

Now, with this 19-year-old's death, they hope the city will take note and look into other options, such as a four way stop or even a fully functioning intersection with lights on all four sides.

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