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Family of Pernell Boston ask for closure on hit-and-run case
Hit and run releasing balloons
Family and friends prepare to release balloons in Boston’s memory. (photo/Lewis Levine)

Pernell Boston died mid-June 2018 in Midway, after being the victim of a hit-and-run several days prior. Boston, 45, was riding his bike down Highway 84 shortly after midnight when he was struck from behind by what police believe was a white pickup truck.

A passerby found Boston on the side of the road and stopped to help, calling authorities. Boston was taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah where he later died.  According to family, he suffered broken ribs and legs, a dislocated shoulder and a contusion to the head.

Police have yet to arrest a suspect in relation to the crime, leaving his family anxious and with unanswered questions. In a recent interview with Courier correspondent Lewis Levine, Boston’s sister, Kathy Wheeler, asked the community to come forward with any information concerning her brother’s death. “We would like to have justice done and we would like to have closure,” said Wheeler. “If this type of person is left out on the streets… they’re going to do it again, and we don’t want those types of people on the street.” She continued to say how much she missed her younger brother and their regular phone calls.

On June 25, family and friends of Boston held a get-together in an attempt to gain closure. Tables were set up for guests with drinks and food. Candles were lit for Boston and silver and blue star balloons were released in his memory.  

In a later interview with the Courier, first responder on the scene Midway police Sgt. Duvale Page Sr. said that a side mirror, possibly a right side passenger mirror, had been found near the victim where his bike lay sprawled close by. He acknowledged the investigation is still open and wished to help Boston’s family find closure. Page asked that anyone with information about the case call 9-1-1 or alert the Midway Police Department.

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