1 child killed, another in serious condition following Columbus hit-and-run

Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2022 at 12:22 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Columbus police officers are investigating a fatal hit-and-run involving two children.

Columbus police chief Freddie Blackmon confirms the incident occurred Thursday morning at the 4100 block of Steam Mill Road.

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A 13-year-old girl was declared dead at the scene. A second child, an 11-year-old boy, was flown to Atlanta to be treated for serious injuries. We know both children attended Rothschild Middle School.

“If you saw something, say something,” chief Blackmon stated in a press conference held at noon Tuesday. No suspects have been identified at this time.

Chief Blackmon also stated he does not believe there are any city surveillance cameras in the area that will assist with locating the driver.

“We are not going to tolerate the speeders in school zones and what happened to these two children this morning,” said Columbus city manager Isaiah Hugley.

“This is obviously a tragic day for Rothschild Middle School,” said Muscogee County Schools superintendent Dr. David Lewis. “We need the person who did this to come forward and accept responsibility,” said Lewis. “No body should have their child heading to school and get the news they didn’t make it there,” Lewis added.

Police are asking for anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the department at (706) 653-3300.