A Crooksville family is still looking for answers about what happened to 18-year-old David Savage Junior. The Lancaster Post of the State Highway Patrol reports that a vehicle struck Savage, who was walking along State Route 93, and continued driving without stopping.
David escaped death once. He was struck by lightning out in his backyard last summer. He was taken by MedFlight to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for serious burns but survived.
"I thought he was dead the first time, and it scared me to death. This time, it’s really got me, " says David’s father, David Savage Senior.
This time, David wasn’t as lucky. A cross covered in pink roses now stands where his body was found early Sunday morning… his family still in tears and utter disbelief looking onto the scene.
"I want to remember David as my little brother and that he’ll be missed. He was a good kid. He was there if anything needed done, " says David’s brother, Timothy Savage.
"David was a character. He was an aggravator. He’d aggravate me to death, and of course, I’d done the same to him. But that was David, " David Senior.
They say they’re not 100% sure what David was doing out there that night.
"He was out with a bunch of his friends, being normal David, out having a good time with his friends-like any other teenager would. Just out having a good time. Must have wanted to walk back here. Couldn’t find a ride or something, " says Timothy.
The last person to hear from David was one of his friends. Timothy says the last call he placed was just after 2 a.m. Troopers say the accident occurred about an hour after that, but many questions still remain unanswered, and the family wants to shed light on the incident.
"Just the person that thinks they had hit David or may have thought that they hit something else, come forward. If it was even an accident, we need closure, " says Timothy.
"We loved our son very much, and we would do the same for you, " says David Senior.
Troopers are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything surrounding this accident to contact them at 740-654-1523.