Jones deputies seek second vehicle in fatal hit and run

lfabian@macon.comJuly 26, 2013 

Jones County sheriff’s investigators gather evidence Thursday morning at the scene of a fatal hit and run accident on Wheeler Road.


Marquis Deshaun Lawson loved talking on the phone with his friends.

The 28-year-old, known as Shaun since before he started walking, was probably trying to find better cellular reception when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver Wednesday night.

“He was often walking on the street because there’s poor cellphone service there,” Mark Lawson, his father, said Friday.

The incline near the curve in the 300 block of Wheeler Road provided a stronger signal for his son, who left behind three children.

“He was a free spirit person. He had a pretty good personality,” Lawson said. “He got along with everybody pretty well. I don’t think anybody hit him on purpose.”

Lawson not only grieves the loss of his oldest son, but he is upset no one stopped to help him.

“Why didn’t they call 911 or give him some medical aid?”

The driver might not have been at fault, he thinks, since it is possible his son was walking in the road between 8 p.m. and midnight.

“At that time of night, nobody walks on the side of the road because of snakes,” Lawson said.

Investigators from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office got a new lead Friday about a second vehicle that could have been involved.

After interviewing more witnesses, sheriff’s Capt. Earl Humphries said they are looking for a white sport utility vehicle, possibly a Nissan Xterra, with a heavy brush guard or bumper on the front that was seen in the area.

Authorities are still looking for a white utility truck with a boom on the back that also was driving along the rural road that connects Monticello Highway and Greene Settlement Road.

“As we can identify other credible sightings of other vehicles, we’ll pass them on,” Humphries said.

On Friday morning, an autopsy conducted at the GBI Regional Crime Lab near Macon determined that Lawson died from injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle, Humphries said. The force of the impact knocked him into a ditch.

His body was taken to Samuel Memorial Funeral Home in Gray, but arrangements were still being finalized late Friday.

“He had a lot of friends. He will be missed,” his father said.

To contact Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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