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Teen dies after being struck by vehicle

Posted: June 24, 2012 - 12:08am
 A deputy examines the Ford Escape that hit Cory Morin, 17, of Grovetown, as he attempted to cross Hereford Farm Road near Lewiston Elementary School on Tuesday. Cory died of his injuries Wednesday at MCG Hospital.   Photo by JIm Blaylock
Photo by JIm Blaylock
A deputy examines the Ford Escape that hit Cory Morin, 17, of Grovetown, as he attempted to cross Hereford Farm Road near Lewiston Elementary School on Tuesday. Cory died of his injuries Wednesday at MCG Hospital.

Teen dies after being struck by vehicle

A Grovetown teen died Wednesday evening, a day after being hit by a sport utility vehicle on Hereford Farm Road.

Cory Allan Morin, 17, of Devon Road, was pronounced dead at about 6:30 p.m. at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

Morin died of a closed head injury, Collins said.

Morin was on his way to a friend’s house at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. He was standing on the edge of Hereford Farm Road near Lewiston Elementary School and looked away from southbound motorists, Columbia County sheriff’s Sgt. A.J. Lyons said.

Morin then stepped into the road in front of a Ford Escape driven by Brian David Pregrove, 42, of Cannock Street in Grovetown.

Pregrove will not be charged in the accident, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Thursday.

Woman injured in vehicle crash

An Appling woman was airlifted to a hospital Wednesday after her truck hit a tree.

Christy Diles, 48, of Keg Pointe Road, was driving her 2004 Dodge Ram on Eubank Drive in Appling at about 8 p.m., according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. She was traveling too fast as she approached the stop sign at Ray Owens Road.

Because she locked up the brakes, Diles slid through the intersection and hit a tree, Morris said.

Diles, who was not wearing a seat belt, was airlifted to the Georgia Health Sciences University Hospital. Her condition was not immediately available.

The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

Children tell on cigarette thief

Two children told authorities Monday that they saw a man stealing cigarettes from a Martinez drug store.

An assistant manager of the Walgreen’s at 3900 Washington Road said two women brought their young children into the store at about 6 p.m. The children said that when they were at the store earlier in the day, between 1 and 2 p.m., they had seen a man stealing cartons of cigarettes from behind the counter, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident report. Outside the store, the thief offered the children cigarettes not to tell.

Deputies reviewed store surveillance video footage and saw two men make two trips behind the counter while the cashier was away, according to the report. The men stole 15-20 cartons of cigarettes worth $525-$700.

The children said the men left in a black sport utility vehicle, according to the report.

Truck damaged
for bad parking

A woman told deputies Wednesday that someone who thought she parked badly damaged her truck.

The 22-year-old woman said she left her 1999 Chevrolet 1500 in the parking lot of Pzza Joint in Evans Wednesday evening. When she came outside at about 7:15 p.m., the woman said she found a note on her windshield from someone who wrote that she “needed to learn how to park.”

Deputies saw scratches on the driver’s side and tailgate of the truck.

Woman says diamond in ring stolen, replaced

A woman told authorities Tuesday that someone stole the diamond from her ring and replaced it with a cubic zirconia.

The 34-year-old woman said that her ring was appraised at $12,000 by someone at Windsor Jewelers in Augusta about six years ago. Other than taking the ring to a local jewelry shop for cleaning, the woman said the ring was on her finger or in her jewelry box.

The woman took the ring to Windsor Jewelers Monday to be appraised again. An employee told her the stone was not a diamond, but a man-made stone. The employee told her that someone switched out the stones.

Pick pocket stole woman’s wallet

A woman claimed Tuesday that a pick-pocket stole her wallet while she shopped in Walmart.

The 43-year-old woman said she was talking to another woman inside the store on Bobby Jones Expressway just before 9 p.m. She said the unknown woman reached into her shopping cart and took the wallet from her purse. The wallet contained a check, food stamp card and credit card.

The woman said she didn’t realize her wallet was missing until she tried to pay for some merchandise. The woman she was talking to must have taken the wallet, because no one else was close to the purse while she was in the store.

Would-be burglar
takes off doorknob

A real estate agent said Tuesday that someone took the doorknob off a for-sale home in an attempt to break in.

The Caldwell Banker Realtor said she discovered the damage to the Ridge Cliff Drive home at about 7:15 p.m. Someone took off the back doorknob and took the locked key box that was on the back door.

Deputies said no one got into the house, but that the doorknob was cut off. They found the doorknob on an air conditioning unit behind the back deck.

The would-be burglar also damaged a fuse box on the unit and took several fuses.

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