Douglasville mom mourns son who was hit, killed by car on Mother’s Day

For one Douglasville mother, this Mother’s Day was one of the worst days of her life.

Vera Davenport was awakened at 3 a.m. Sunday by knocks on her door. A chaplain and three police officers were outside when she opened it, and they told her the last words she wanted to hear: her 22-year-old son was dead.

Brandon Mitchell was hit and killed by a car on Ga. 92 near Old Dallas Highway about two hours earlier, according to a Georgia State Patrol incident report. The wreck took place in a construction zone while Mitchell crossed the street in the rain.

“It just don’t seem real,” Davenport told Channel 2 Action News on Thursday. “No mother should ever get that knock on her door. Nobody should.”

Vera Davenport
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

She told Channel 2 her son was on the way to work his shift at the nearby Marathon gas station when he was struck and killed. They don’t live far from where the incident happened. 

The driver stopped, called 911 and stayed at the scene until authorities arrived, the incident report said. The driver has not been charged.

Davenport told the news station she hopes drivers will slow down in construction zones, which might save other mothers the pain she’s going through.

“Slow your vehicle down. That way no other mothers can go through this,” she said.

Friends of the family created a GoFundMe page to help pay for Mitchell’s cremation. As of Thursday night, the page had raised more than $300 of its $3,000 fundraising goal.

 “Every day tell them that you love them and what they mean to you,” Davenport said. “You never know when you don’t have that. You can’t tell them again.”

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