The family of the pedestrian injured in a hit-and-run incident and a local bar are offering $1,200 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the driver, according to the victim's mother.
Tim Blake was hit in the parking lot outside of Five O'Clock Somewhere and Ingles, off of Turner Lake Road and U.S. Highway 278, on March 15 by the driver of a light blue, four-door car described as an Acura or Honda Accord. The car's tag began with ATZ and ended with 1844 or 4844, according to Blake's girlfriend.
The driver is described as a short white male, 30 to 40 years old, with a shaved head, glasses. He was wearing a green polo shirt, khaki pants and brown belt.
Blake's family is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the identity of the driver that would lead to his arrest. Local bar Five O'Clock Somewhere is adding another $200, said Manager Debbie Harris.
"I think he ought to be caught," she said.
Police found Blake lying down with a blood-soaked towel at the back of his head when they arrived around 1 a.m.
According to the Blake's girlfriend, he was sitting in a van and asked a man who was walking by for a cigarette.
The man allegedly replied that Blake was a piece of "s---" if he could go to the bar and get drunk but not have $5 for a pack of cigarettes.
Blake then went to the man, who was getting in the driver's seat of a light blue four-door car, with his hand out to say that he didn't mean to start any trouble.
According to reports, the man then closed his car door, knocking Blake down and causing him to hit his head on the ground, and then backed up over part of Blake's leg
"He's got a tire mark on his leg," said Blake's mother. "Thank God he didn't run over his head."
The blue car then left the parking lot at a high speed and turned northbound onto Turner Lake Road, according to Blake's girlfriend. She described another, slightly taller white male in a white truck that was with the blue car and left at the same time.
Blake was airlifted to Grady Hospital and released on Sunday, according to his mother.
His leg didn't break, but he did have to get 22 staples for his head wound, stitches on his left arm and had severe bruising. She said he can walk but is currently in a lot of pain.
Anyone with information on the incident or the driver is asked to contact Covington police at (770) 786-7605. Tips can be left anonymously online at http://www.covingtonpolice.com/secretwitness.html.