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Police search for vehicle in fatal accident involving pedestrian

An out-of-state man who may have been staying at a hotel here in Georgia will never go home again. A fatal accident took his life. Police are searching for the vehicle and driver believed to have run him down and then left the scene.

Investigators with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) say the vehicle they are searching for is one of three Chevrolet vehicles manufactured in either 1999 or 2000 -- a Tahoe, Suburban or Silverado. Evidence at the scene indicates that the vehicle involved would have sustained damage to the passenger's side front. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any other information regarding the vehicle and its driver are urged to contact authorities via text, or call Crimestoppers. 

The victim was found late on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, but it is not yet clear when the accident may have occurred. The 72-year-old man was lying on the pavement outside a hotel. It was determined that he was from Florida, but no details regarding what he was doing in Georgia were available.

Once the vehicle and its driver are located, he or she may face criminal charges in connection with this fatal accident. In addition, the Florida man's family may file a wrongful death claim against him or her here in Georgia. Successfully establishing the negligence of the driver could lead to an award of damages often seen in accidents involving someone's death. Monetary restitution will not replace the loved one this family lost, but it could help with the unexpected expenses incurred due to his death.

Source: wtoc.com, "Metro police seek truck involved in fatal hit-and-run on Abercorn Street", Jan. 5, 2015

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