By Deon Guillory, WJBF GMA Weekend Anchor/Reporter - email
Photo of a memorial where 13-year-old Demonta Collins was hit and killed by a car Thursday
Augusta, GA -
There are new details into a deadly accident involving a 13-year-old boy.
Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators say the boy was running from a dog when he ran into the street Thursday and got hit by a car.
The driver won't be charged because the Richmond County Sheriff's Office says this was an unavoidable accident.
Now, neighbors are remembering a life taken too soon.
Eddie Brackins, his son, and his nephew are creating a makeshift memorial to remember 13-year-old Demonta Collins. "I felt real bad because that could have been one of my kids," said Brackins.
The family lives just around the corner from where the teen was hit by a car Thursday evening in the 3500 block of Milledgeville Road.
Deputies say the boy was running away from a dog.
Brackins said, "the dog really wasn't vicious. He was a playful dog. The dog was real playful so the little boy might have been scared of him, period. Like most kids are scared of dogs while other kids are not."
Sergeant Monica Belser, with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, says this dog has gotten out before. "The owner of the dog had been recently having issues with her dog getting out of the yard, as well, so they came home from work and realized their dog had once again, gotten loose," said Belser.
The dog's owner was given a citation, accused of violating the state leash law.
Sergeant Belser has advice for pet owners: "You just want to make sure that have a secured area. Secure your pet, by all means, to prevent another unfortunate incident."
Brackins has a few words for the boy's family: "I'd like to tell them I'm very sorry and I could never tell them how sorry I really am because I probably couldn't take it myself. That would be real hard on me, but I'm very sorry for your loss." The dog's owner, Robyn Gledhill, showed up during our interview, but didn't want to talk on camera. WJBF News Channel 6 can say she is heartbroken and cried most of the time.
Gledhill still has her dog until a decision is made in court.