TUSCUMBIA — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding out who is responsible for the death of a Florence man who was critically injured in a hit and run incident last month.

Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said Gillus Carter Jr., 30, died Aug. 31 at Huntsville Hospital from injuries sustained in the incident.

Logan said the hit and run happened Aug. 16 in the parking lot of Chapel Hill Church of Christ, which is off U.S. 72 on Old Memphis Pike.

Investigator Lt. Steve Higginbotham said Carter, who was a mechanic, was in the parking lot working on a vehicle.

Higginbotham said the incident was reported at 9:37 p.m. Aug. 16.

Logan said it appears that while Carter was working on the vehicle in the church parking lot, two other vehicles pulled into the parking lot and started “showing out.”

“Apparently, the two vehicles, a Ford Mustang and a truck, were doing donuts in the parking lot and somehow Carter was hit,” the chief said.

He said the two vehicles drove off.

“It’s unknown at this point if they knew what happened or not,” Logan said.

He said Carter was taken to Helen Keller Hospital, and later flown to Huntsville Hospital where he died 15 days later.

Higginbotham said he is looking for witnesses.

“We’ve got a lot of questions that need to be answered, and we need anyone who may have seen something or knows something to come forward,” Logan said. “It’s important to us and to Carter’s family to get answers. He was a husband and father; his family deserves to know what happen.

“We believe there are people who know what happened, who was involved and who is responsible for this tragic death. We’re asking the public to come forward and help us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Tuscumbia Police Department at 256-383-3121, or if they want to remain anonymous they can call Shoals Crime Stoppers at 256-386-8685.

tom.smith@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5757. Twitter @TD_TomSmith.


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