Man killed in Harris Co. hit-and-run was a Ft. Benning soldier

Man killed in Harris Co. hit-and-run was a Ft. Benning soldier

HARRIS COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - A man killed over the weekend in a fatal hit-and-run in Waverly Hall has been identified as a Fort Benning soldier.

Master Sgt. Joseph Velasquez was struck by an unknown vehicle that then fled the scene. Another vehicle then struck a portion of the unknown vehicle left behind in the crash, causing it to strike Velasquez.

Fort Benning officials say Master Sgt. Joseph Velasquez with the Military Advisor Training Academy, 316th Cavalry Brigade.

He was born in Heidelberg, Germany and joined the U.S. Army in 1999. His family is remembering him.

“It’s hard to find the faults because he was everything good," said Master Sgt. Joseph Velasquez Velasquez’s mother, Wilma Velasquez.

“He’s what kept this family together," said his brother, Phillip Velasquez. "His personality was admired by everybody. I don’t think I ever met anybody that was more charismatic as he was.”

His death remains under investigation. Velasquez’s family plans to bury him in New Mexico where he joined the military.

Authorities still searching for driver of vehicle in fatal hit and run in Waverly Hall
Authorities still searching for driver of vehicle in fatal hit and run in Waverly Hall

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