MACON - Authorities with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Bibb County are imploring the driver, passengers or witnesses of a boat involved in a Friday hit-and-run incident on Lake Jackson in which a teenager was injured to come forward, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon.
"At approximately 10 p.m. on Friday evening, a boat traveling on Lake Jackson struck and severely injured a teenage boy, and then left the scene of the incident," DNR Capt. Barry Fincher said in the printed statement. "The prop of the boat caused some deep lacerations on the youth, including one laceration so deep that it fractured his pelvis."
The victim, 16-year-old Jimmy Barber Jr. of Monticello, was swimming with some friends off of his family's dock when the incident occurred. The dock is located in the northern portion of the lake in Jasper County, near the Ga. Highway 212 bridge.
Barber was taken by air ambulance to an Atlanta trauma center where he remained following surgery Saturday, according to Melissa Cummings, public affairs coordinator for the DNR.
According to witnesses, Cummings said, the boat had more than one occupant, so authorities hope that one of the people on board realized what happened and will come forward to assist in the investigation.
Cummings said there were quite a few private docks in the area where the incident occurred, and it is entirely possible other vessels could have been in the area at the time of mishap.
"If anybody else happened to be traveling through the area and even saw another vessel, that information might help narrow things down," she said, adding that witnesses said they believe it was a speed boat, but no color or any other description of the craft could be given.
"We will need the cooperation of the public on this investigation," Fincher said in the release. "If anyone was on a boat in that area at that time - whether or not they think they hit anything or anyone - we encourage them to call our office, as it may help with some unanswered questions."
To report any information regarding this incident, call 478-751-6415 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) or 800-241-4113 after hours.