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FHP gathers more evidence at the scene of hit-and-run

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Updated: 1/13 9:12 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol was back at the scene of a deadly hit-and-run Monday. State troopers gathered more evidence to help catch the driver who killed Christopher McDowell, 19.

The intersection of St. Johns Bluff and Lost Pine Drive is now a crime scene. Police don't have much to go on, but McDowell's great-uncle George Gillis, hopes that will change.

"He was a quiet person, he mostly kept to himself. He had a big smile," said Gillis.

McDowell, who lost his mom when he was just 11, had spent the last years of his life growing up with relatives.

According to Gillis, McDowell had just graduated from Ribault High School and was getting ready to start college at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

"[He] was thinking about the engineering field," said Gillis.

McDowell had recently moved out of his uncle's home and into an extended stay motel on the south side to be closer to FSCJ's South Campus.
Police said just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday he was hit and killed as he walked along St. Johns Bluff Road. According to police, the driver never stopped.

"For a dog or a cat or some other animal they'll stop and see what they can do or call someone but for a human being, they just hit them and keep on going. What's wrong with people?" said Gillis

All the Gillis family wants now is justice.

"Come forward. Give us peace of mind. Give yourself peace of mind," said Gillis.

The FHP believes a gray or silver metallic colored SUV or pickup truck is involved in McDowell's death. The vehicle has damage to the right front area. If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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coliebug 85 - 1/13/2014 10:05 PM
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First I want to say I'm so sorry for your loss.People these days only care about themselves and it's really hurtful that someone could hit a person and just keep on going without stopping.To me they should have stopped and got some kind of help.I would have never left anyone on the side of the road highway nothing.That person left someone on the road like the hell they were nobody.He wad young and taken to soon.GOD BLESS Y'ALL and I hope and pray y'all get justice and a piece of mind.
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