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Driver comes forward in fatal Coweta County hit and run
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Driver comes forward in fatal Coweta County hit and run

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- A driver has come forward in the hit and run death of a 14-year-old Coweta County boy.

The 17-year-old driver and his mother spoke with the Georgia State Patrol Tuesday afternoon, according to GSP Sgt. Mike Adcock. The young man reached out to investigators after hearing they were looking for a white Ford F-150 pickup truck that struck and killed Parker Madliak.

The teen's body was found at around 3 a.m. Tuesday on Welcome Sargent Road after his family reported him missing.

The driver told state troopers and Coweta County Sheriff's deputies he thought he struck a deer. Adcock said investigators found the teen's truck at his father's house and were able to connect it to wreckage recovered from the accident scene.

Charges are pending, but the driver has not yet been arrested, according to the GSP. The investigation continues.

Relatives told the GSP that the victim left a friend's house at about 9:30 p.m. Monday and never arrived home.

"Then we get a call and it's one of those calls that parents just don't want to get," said Matt Harrison, Madliak's stepfather, who knew the boy since he was 8 years old.

Adcock said surveillance video from a nearby business shows Madliak walk by at around 9:27 p.m. Authorities believe he was struck shortly after that.

Tuesday night, friends of the victim came to the accident site to mourn Madliak. They placed roses at the spot where their friend died. They hugged each other and cried.

A friend of the victim's brother said Parker always hung out with them and always wanted to be with his older brother. Sorin Hutzelman said this is the second friend he has lost.

"I don't know, it sucks," he said. "I lost my good friend Austin in a wreck last year. I lost too many close people and I'm tired of losing them."

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