SAVANNAH, GA (July 11, 2013): Violent Crimes detectives are sorting out suspects and victims in a two-event incident Wednesday in Downtown Savannah that left a homeless man in critical condition.
Downtown Precinct officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department responded to a reported traffic accident in the 500 block of West Oglethorpe Avenue about 1:12 p.m. to find Zebedee Legree, 60, unconscious on the sidewalk.
He had been struck by a green Lexus SUV driven by Rhett Manning, 31, of the 1600 block of Chevy Chase Road.
Witnesses told police that Legree and another male had been running west in the eastbound lanes of Oglethorpe with the Lexus behind them being driven against the direction of traffic when the car ran over Legree. The other man ran from the scene.
Manning told police he had been flagged down by the two men who asked for money a few blocks away. When he attempted to give them money, one of the men grabbed his cash and the two men ran away and he pursued them.
Legree was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with critical injuries.
The investigation continues. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.