Troopers searching for driver who hit and killed 19 year old

- For five days, sheriff's deputies and state troopers have been desperately seeking the driver that hit and killed 19-year-old Joshua Smith.  The deadly crash happened Sunday night on Holly Springs Road in Paulding County.

Sean McGonigal said he and his family were home Sunday night when his wife heard brakes screech and a loud noise.  She ran to the end of the driveway and saw someone curled up near a tree.

"She ran and got me, and asked me if that was a man.  I said no, that's a boy, and I went over there and checked and he had already passed away," said McGonigal. 

Friends said Joshua Smith was walking home from the Dollar General where he had gone to buy oil for his mom's car.  Cans of oil are still on the side of the road.

Friends said Josh and his mom, Tori Phipps, were very close.  The young man with special needs wanted to help his mom as much as possible. 

"She told me that night that Josh usually went to the store in the daytime, but he was very adamant that he was going to get that oil for the car," said Lekeaira Wilson, a friend. 

The Georgia State Patrol had posted a number of surveillance photos of people who were in the Dollar General that night that they want to talk to about the accident.  Troopers are not calling any of them suspects. 

At this point, troopers don't know who was driving the truck that struck Smith.  Troopers said they're looking for a dark-colored lifted pickup with over-sized wheels.

Friends said the frustration is growing, with each day the driver doesn't come forward.

"Somebody out there has to have information about this, and if they do someone please come forward, we really want justice for Josh and his mother," said Liza Ingle, a friend.

Friends have set up an online account for Josh's mother at

They're also organizing a benefit on August 25 from noon to 6 p.m. It will be held at 205 Commerce Drive in Dallas.

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