Harry Maurent, a 30-year-old Austell man, was killed after getting out of a broken-down car on Interstate 285 when he was struck by what Cobb police say was either a green or white, mid-sized truck or SUV.
“Please help us,” said Maurent’s mother, Marie Maurent. “It’s not fair. You need to stop. You have to do justice.”
Harry Maurent, who worked as a security guard, was one of four people traveling west on I-285 the night of May 14 when their black 2008 Nissan Versa ran out of gas.
The driver stopped the vehicle in the area separating I-285 west from an on-ramp coming from Interstate 75 south. Two men got out to walk toward a gas station and Harry Maurent later followed. On the way to the gas station, he was hit by the vehicle, which did not stop, according to Cobb police investigator Dion Condrey.
“I was one of the investigators that went to the collision scene that night,” Condrey said. “Harry had a discussion with the driver, who remained with the vehicle, then he tried to catch up with the two gentlemen who had departed to get gas. When Harry stepped into the collector-distributor lane that meets up with I-285 west, that’s where the collision occurred.”
Marie Remy, an aunt from Brooklyn, also appeared at the press conference, along with the family’s attorney, Darren Tobin.
“This is a heinous crime, it’s a tragedy,” Tobin said.
Tobin said the only time Harry Maurent had not lived at home with his family was the four years he spent at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala. Tobin described the Maurents as a close-knit Haitian family.
“They need to know who did this so they can have closure,” Tobin said.
Remy, holding a picture of Harry Maurent, tearfully pleaded for help finding her nephew’s killer.
“This is a good, good, good, good guy,” she said. “Help my family, please.”
Marie Maurent’s husband, Moise Maurent, died of diabetes two years ago, leaving only herself and her daughter, Laurie Maurent, in the family’s Austell home.
Police later found a Saturn emblem near the scene of the accident and say they believe it could have been a Saturn SUV that killed Maurent. They believe the vehicle would have front end damage, possibly including a broken head lamp.
After the driver fled the scene, police say three more cars struck Maurent while he lay on the ramp. Investigators say all three of these drivers have cooperated fully with police in the aftermath of the incident.
There are no tips or leads in the case, police said, and they hope spreading the word will aid in finding the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call (770) 499-3987.