Family wants answers in Cobb County hit-and-run fatal crash

It’s been nearly four weeks since a 30-year-old Cobb County man was struck and killed by a driver who never stopped. And now, Harry Maurent’s family wants answers.

On May 18, Maurent was traveling in a car with three others when the group ran out of gas, stranding the four in the area where I-75 merges with I-285, according to police. Investigators believe Maurent was attempting to cross an interstate ramp to reach Cobb Parkway when he was hit by a vehicle.

Then, he was hit by three more, police said. But those three drivers stopped and have talked to police. The driver that allegedly hit Maurent first has not yet been identified.

Friday afternoon, Maurent’s family spoke publicly for the first time about the night he was hit, and the loss his death left behind.

Marie Maurent lost her husband to diabetes two years ago and now is grieving for her only son.

“My son, that’s killing me. It’s hard. It’s very hard on me,” Marie Maurent said.

Witnesses were able to give police partial descriptions of the vehicle believed responsible, but so far, it hasn’t been located. Police have said the suspect’s vehicle may have been a light-colored, mid-size pickup or sport utility vehicle that would have had front-end damage. Some of the debris found at the scene is believed to belong to a Nissan Maxima, Maurent family attorney Darren Tobin told The AJC.

“It’s too busy an area that someone did not see something,” Tobin said Friday.

The Maurent family is part of the tight-knit Haitian community and has drawn support from its church family and other relatives, including Harry’s sister. But Marie Maurent still needs answers.

“It doesn’t bring her any comfort not knowing who did this to her son,” Tobin said. “She wants closure and she wants justice.”

Anyone with information on the incident or the hit-and-run vehicle or driver is asked to call Cobb County investigators at 770-499-3987.

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