The Standard Journal

Rockmart man identified as hit-and-run victim

- By Jeremy Stewart JStewart@PolkStanda­

The person allegedly hit by a vehicle and killed on Rockmart Highway earlier this month has been identified as authoritie­s continue to ask for the public’s help.

Jonathan Cory Higgins, of Rockmart, was found dead in the middle of U.S. 278 just west of Substation Road in Cedartown around midnight on Sept. 10.

Georgia State Patrol reported Higgins, 40, was walking west on the roadway in the right lane when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The vehicle then fled the scene and could not be located.

The identity of the person was not known at the time of the discovery and the body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigat­ion Crime Lab for an autopsy and identifica­tion. Polk County Coroner Norman Smith released the name of the victim on Sept. 18 after a positive ID.

Memorial services for Higgins, who was originally from Woodland, Alabama, were held Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Chapel of Rainwater Funeral Home in Bowdon.

The GSP Troop A Specialize­d Collision Reconstruc­tion Team responded to the scene and is conducting an independen­t investigat­ion.

Georgia State Patrol is still requesting anyone with informatio­n on the vehicle who may have struck Higgins to contact the Georgia State Patrol post in Cartersvil­le at 770387-4056.

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