Neighbors, church group rally around man injured in Marietta hit-and-run

Paull Hill said he and other volunteers from First Baptist Church of Marietta were already planning to do work on Robert Morrison's Wright Street home before he was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver while standing his front yard Saturday.

Credit: Jennifer Brett / Jennifer.Brett@ajc.com

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Paull Hill said he and other volunteers from First Baptist Church of Marietta were already planning to do work on Robert Morrison's Wright Street home before he was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver while standing his front yard Saturday.

Credit: Jennifer Brett / Jennifer.Brett@ajc.com

A Marietta man’s neighbors and a church group have pitched in to spruce up his home after he was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash Saturday night while standing in his front yard.

Officers are unsure what time the crash took place, but neighbors found the 53-year-old victim, identified as Robert Morrison, and called 911 just after 11 p.m., Marietta police said in a news release. Investigators believe the man was standing in front of his home on Wright Street when he was hit by an unknown vehicle.

Neighbors told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had been doing yard work and was wearing a reflective vest when he was hit.

The driver then fled without attempting to help the man or notify police, according to investigators. Morrison sustained serious injuries and was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Police did not have an update on his condition Tuesday.

At the scene, investigators recovered evidence that suggested the suspect’s vehicle is dark gray and likely a Honda.

On Monday and again on Tuesday morning, a team from First Baptist Church of Marietta and neighbors were volunteering to do repairs and yard work at Morrison’s home, located in the city’s historic district.

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From left: Fabian Solano, Sean Salazar, Jackson Borders, Asa Brown and Major Jones help with yard work and repairs at the home of Robert Morrison, who was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver while standing in his front yard Saturday.

Credit: Jennifer Brett

From left: Fabian Solano, Sean Salazar, Jackson Borders, Asa Brown and Major Jones help with yard work and repairs at the home of Robert Morrison, who was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver while standing in his front yard Saturday.

Credit: Jennifer Brett

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From left: Fabian Solano, Sean Salazar, Jackson Borders, Asa Brown and Major Jones help with yard work and repairs at the home of Robert Morrison, who was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver while standing in his front yard Saturday.

Credit: Jennifer Brett

Credit: Jennifer Brett

One of the church members, Paul Hill, told the AJC that the “Mission Marietta Week” effort was already on the calendar before Morrison was struck.

Another volunteer told Channel 2 Action News the accident made the work more pressing.

“But the truth is, we had already planned on coming out to do some landscape working and some work on the house,” the volunteer said Monday. “When I pulled up this morning, other neighbors were already cutting the grass and doing a lot of yard work ahead of us.”

The volunteers also have been bringing food and supplies to Morrison’s home and are hopeful someone who knows something about the hit-and-run will come forward.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver is asked to call Marietta police Officer R. Clark at 770-794-5364.