Family begs for drivers in deadly hit-and-run to come forward

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MONROE, Ga. -- Authorities are trying to determine if a Honda Civic found abandoned in Gwinnett County may have been the first car to hit a Walton County high school student. 

According to police, officers spotted the car near Harbin Road and Highway 316 Wednesday morning. Authorities say the vehicle does have front end damage.  The driver has not been located. 

On Tuesday morning the Georgia State Patrol says at least three cars hit and killed Jacob Little, a 16 year old on his way to school.

One of the drivers stopped immediately.  Another came forward late Tuesday night, claiming he thought he'd run over an animal and came in as soon as he heard the news about Little.

"My uncle said it right when he said, he was a deer. He was a dear Jacob. He was somebody's dear love that was treated like a piece of trash. He just left. How could you do that," asked Little's brother Jeremy.

Investigators are still not sure whether three or four cars were involved in the crash that happened near the intersection of North Broad Street and Double Springs Church Road.

Troopers said Little was riding his skateboard to school when it went out from under him. 

Jacob's friend, 14-year-old Dennis Harrison was there, when he says Jacob went out into the street to grab it. He watched as the cars hit his friend, unable to stop it. With his parents' permission, he described what happened.

"I was yelling at the cars to stop; Call 911," he said. "But nobody stopped."

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Jacob Little's father, Randy, says he can't find peace, until every driver involved in his son's death comes forward. 

Friends have started a Facebook page,Justice for Jacob Little, urging the driver's to turn themselves in, and planning events to remember Little's life.  It had more than 3,000 "likes" in less than 24 hours.

Students at Monroe area high school were encouraged to wear blue on Wednesday to honor him. One radio station raised $4,000 in just a few hours for burial expenses.

But the family says it wants more. Not money - but action. A crosswalk, lights warning about the school around the corner, sidewalks and a lower speed limit.

"25 mile per hour speed limit, it might have saved my brother from being killed," said Jeremy.

The road is part of Highway 11.  The DOT says it will study the proposed changed if the county asks.  The school district says it solves the problem by offering school busses. Still, the family plans to start a petition to pressure the county to make the request.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact the Walton County Sheriff's Office or the Georgia State Patrol in Monroe.

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