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ECSO looking for driver in accident that seriously injured teen
0621 Jonathan Skaggs
Jonathan Skaggs

Effingham County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for the man they say was driving the car that hit and critically injured a South Effingham High School student last month.

The ECSO has warrants for Jonathan Chase Skaggs, 29, for felony serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving.

"We have a few tips on where he’s possibly located. We hope he’ll turn himself in," said Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

According to investigators, Dylan Cain, 14, was hit from behind by a Chevrolet Cavalier around 8:30 a.m. on May 16 as he walked along Glenwood Drive to his bus stop on Highway 30. Charges were filed Wednesday against Skaggs following a lengthy investigation by the ECSO and Georgia State Patrol that included interviews with witnesses, Skaggs and Cain.

Cain was walking along the shoulder of the road when he was hit by a car that was "speeding and weaving," Ehsanipoor said. He added that Skaggs was dating Cain’s mother at the time.

"He was driving recklessly leaving the (Cains’) house as he headed toward Highway 30," Ehsanipoor said. "There is no evidence to indicate he intentionally drove into the child, but there is evidence of recklessness."

Cain did not see the car coming and his "injuries are consistent with being hit by a car being driven recklessly," Ehsanipoor said. Skaggs had children in the car with him, according to investigators.

Cain was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center, where he was in critical condition for several days. At last report, Cain was at a rehabilitation center out of town.

Anyone with information on Skaggs’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office at 912-754-3449.