ATHENS - A 19-year-old Kennesaw State student is fighting for her life after being run over by a hit-and-run driver in Athens Saturday.
Family members say Emily Bowman, of Woodstock, is unconscious and on life support at Athens Regional Medical Center.
"Her head almost looks like a basketball," says Emily's dad Dale Bowman.
Bowman tells WSB "when she first got to surgery they had to remove a portion of her skull, the size of four fingers, to relieve the swelling in her head."
Athens-Clarke County police say early Emily was walking eastbound on Oak Street between Carr and Oconee Streets early Saturday morning. She was hit from behind when a driver in a red pickup truck, also traveling eastbound, left the roadway and ran her over.
Police say the driver left the scene, but police found the 1997 red Mazda pick up a short time later and say it sustained a lot of damage. The bed of the truck was filled with empty beer cans.
Authorities think a 22-year-old is the driver, but he is not cooperating.
An Athens-Clarke County police officer told News/Talk WSB's Richard Sangster they expect to release more information later Monday.
Bowman father tells WSB he wants justice for his daughter, whose head hit the concrete during the accident.
"She's never regained consciousness and the only thing that's keeping her alive is that she's on a ventilator," says Bowman.
Police are looking for anyone who might have seen a 1997 red Mazda pick-up in the area, according to Sgt. Von Anderson. Witnesses are asked to call 706-208-1718.