An online fundraiser has been established to help a woman who was seriously injured crossing a busy Buckhead street in a hit-and-run incident last month.
According to an Atlanta Police Department report and a message included with the gofundme.com fundraiser webpage, Barbara Jones, who has worked at Shepherd Center in Buckhead for more than 30 years, was struck by a vehicle, likely a black BMW X5 SUV, while crossing Peachtree Road at the Brookwood Valley Circle intersection on her way to work June 21. The car drove off.
“At the scene, (an officer) observed (Jones) lying on her back, alert, conscious and breathing, but crying for pains from her leg and lower back. Bruises were also seen on (her) hands and above the right eyebrow,” the report stated.
According to the report, Jones was in the crosswalk when she was hit, and the vehicle didn’t stop after striking her. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated for her injuries and was still there as of July 8.
“Barbara has suffered multiple hip and leg injuries,” the gofundme message stated. “She has undergone two surgeries so far and will need a few more in her long road to recovery. … This (fundraising) effort is being coordinated directly with her family who appreciate your prayers and your help in her recovery process.”
The police report also stated officers checked the area for surveillance cameras but there are none.
As of July 8 at 3:13 p.m., the online fundraiser had collected $7,015, well above its $5,000 goal, to help pay for Jones’ medical expenses. To make a donation, visit https://bit.ly/3hsPSPr.
Anyone with information on the incident or the driver is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta. Tips can be submitted anonymously at 404-577-8477 or online at http://bit.ly/3i0F6OY. Witnesses do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspect.