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Truck driver in hit-and-run sought

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    The Jeep Cherokee driven by a Florida man Aug. 25 rests in the ditch off Hwy. 44 after a hit-and-run collision. LEE COLEMAN/Staff

Putnam County Sheriff’s Department personnel, according to Sgt. Justin Brock, was seeking the driver of a white box truck involved in a hit-and-run accident Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 25, on Hwy. 44 and Dance Road.

Sgt. Brock, accident reconstructionist for the Sheriff’s Department, said 26-year-old Wesley Justin of Florida was traveling south on Hwy. 44 in a Jeep Cherokee at approximately 1:47 p.m. when a box truck turned left off of Dance Road onto the highway to go northbound. Sgt. Brock said, due to the traffic situation in the north-bound lane, Justin was unable to go left and veered to the right. This is when Wesley’s vehicle struck the back of the truck, causing damage to the hood and windshield.

The Jeep ended up in the ditch beside the southbound lane near Dance Road. Wesley was transported to Piedmont Athens, according to Sgt. Brock.

When contacted by The Eatonton Messenger on Friday, a Piedmont Athens spokesperson said there wasn’t anyone named Wesley Justin listed as a patient at that time.

Sgt. Brock said investigators were unable to get a tag number on the box truck or an identification of the driver. The only information they have is that the truck continued going northbound. Sgt. Brock said there was a witness on the scene who stayed with Justin but could not provide any details on the truck. He said there was an assumption that video of the accident would be available, but it turned out the recording device in question was not functioning.