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Hit-and-run driver hits toddler in Hinesville

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POSTED: July 7, 2010 8:50 a.m.
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Dyshawn Davis

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A toddler struck by a vehicle Sunday in Hinesville is in serious condition in a Savannah hospital.
According to HPD traffic investigator Lt. Max McLendon, the toddler, a male whose name has not been released, was hit by a vehicle allegedly driven by Dyshawn Davis, 19, of Hinesville. The accident, which happened at 9:47 p.m., occurred in front of 156 Cherokee Circle.
McLendon said a 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88 struck the toddler’s stroller and the child was thrown to the side of the road. Lester Mena, a family friend who was pushing the stroller, was not injured. McLendon said Mena and the boy had been waiting for a fireworks display to begin.
The child was taken by Lifestar to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.
After striking the child, Davis allegedly hit a parked car as he attempted to flee and was detained by residents of the neighborhood.
A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Quinton Cotton, 21, jumped into the driver’s seat and tried to drive off but was detained by police.
McLendon said before Davis allegedly struck the child, he reportedly hit two mailboxes in the subdivision, which sits off of West Oglethorpe Highway.
Davis was arrested and is in Liberty County Regional Jail, the investigator said. The suspect faces charges of DUI, reckless driving and serious injury by vehicle.
Cotton has been charged with driving on a suspended license.
Davis will appear before a magistrate judge this morning for a bond hearing.
Traffic Officer Stacy Jungers the lead investigator on the incident.
 

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