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Home after hit-and-run, Cobb boy with broken legs still has healthy spirit

Jack Ford is at home with two broken legs, but he’s not angry.

People have been bringing him “stuff ... and I got a lot of stuff at the hospital, too.”

Likewise, his father, Jason Ford, is philosophical about the hit-and-run incident near Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park that injured his son.

“It's not a bad place for us,” he told Channel 2 Action News. “It's just a place that something bad happened.”

However, the driver of the car that allegedly hit the 6-year-old is facing 16 charges, including hit-and-run and making false statements to police, the news station reported.

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Brian Demarco Locklin (Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office)

Brian Demarco Locklin, 20, told police that a man named “Moonie” was driving the car when it hit Jack Ford, authorities said. Locklin also said “Moonie” had run away.

But police said they learned Locklin was the driver.

Locklin was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala without a valid license on the wrong side of the road, according to the police report.

The left rear tire didn’t have the proper tread and the brake pads were worn to the point of not being able to stop, the report states. The Impala was out of brake fluid, too. 

Meanwhile, Jack Ford is recovering at home.

“We were hiking and it was starting to rain,” he said, recalling the incident. “So we went down the mountain. At the crosswalk is where I got hit.”

Jason Ford said he’ll continue to take his two sons on the trail.

“First and foremost,” he said, “I want to thank all of the first responders that were there in a minute, minute and a half.”

Those first responders gave Jack Ford a stuffed animal.

“I literally had it in my hand before I got on one of those boards.”

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