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Staff file photo / The Dade County Sheriff's Office, within the Dade County Justice Building, is located at 75 Case Ave., Trenton, Ga.

The Dade County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public to identify and locate a motorist whose vehicle struck a pedestrian in Rising Fawn, Georgia, and fled the scene last week.

Police said a man was walking on the 1300 block of Highway 11 in Rising Fawn early on Sept. 21 and was hit by a passing car. Deputies were dispatched around 6:19 a.m. and found the man had sustained "substantial injuries" from the crash. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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Investigators said that the early morning light made it difficult for the pedestrian who was hit to provide a clear description of the vehicle that struck him.

"Georgia State Patrol was called to the scene and initiated an investigation into the incident," the Dade County Sheriff's Office said in a Wednesday evening statement.

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A Georgia State Patrol crash reconstructionist concluded that a possibly newer model Toyota 4Runner or Tacoma, gray in color, was responsible for the incident.

Police said the vehicle should have "noticeable front end damage and a missing passenger side chrome mirror."

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Anyone who has seen a vehicle matching the description with damages or who has any knowledge of the incident can contact the Dade County Sheriff's Office at 706-657-3233 or submit a tip to investigators via the Facebook page.

Contact Kelcey Caulder at kcaulder@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327. Follow her on Twitter @kelceycaulder.

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