Mother wants answers about son's death

November 17, 2008 11:13:55 AM PST
An Orange County mother, students and staff at Chapel Hill High School are coping with the death of a football player.

Rodney Torain, 17, was killed in a hit-and-run early Sunday morning.

Monday morning his mother returned to the scene where her son lost his life.

"My baby never bothered anybody," Deanne Jackson said as she cried. "I don't understand. My son had big dreams. He was going to play ball for somebody's college."

Jackson said her son called her Sunday morning while riding with two friends, because he was worried.

They drove away from Jackson's home. That's when troopers say the car following them sped up and hit the students' car on the driver's side while passing them in a curve.

The car kept going after the car full of students his a tree.

"I just don't understand," Jackson said. "Who can do that to kids? Just leave them on the side of the road like that."

It's another heartbreak for Chapel Hill High. In August, Torain's best friend and football teammate Atlas Fraley, collapsed and died at his home.

During an interview with Eyewitness News, Torain said, "I guess God had a plan, so keep moving."

Now he's the one missed by many, especially his mother. She wants someone to tell on the person who drove away from the scene.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a small, four door car, either gold or silver in color and should have damage to its right side.

If you have seen this car or know anything about the incident, please call the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at 1-336-570-6809.


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