CUMMING, Ga. — A pedestrian was found dead on Dahlonega Highway May 26, the victim of an apparent hit and run, and a search is underway for the driver. Authorities said the victim, identified as José Ramírez Labra, 27, was struck by a speeding motorcycle whose driver quickly fled the scene. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Specialist Unit responded to the incident.

“At this time the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has no further information about the hit and run fatality incident other than we are following all leads,” said Deputy Jenny Belafi. “As sad as this incident is, it is a newsworthy story.”

Ramírez Labra was reported walking along Dahlonega Highway at around 3:30 a.m. after leaving a residence located between the highway and Sawee Drive. Authorities received the call at around 3:48 a.m. and found the victim along the northbound lane. The motorcycle was reported to be a black and green Kawasaki Z-1000. The rider left the bike at the scene of the crime before running away. Flowers and memorials have been placed at the spot in remembrance of the victim. The Sheriff’s Office is hoping to find the suspect and investigators are reviewing surveillance footage.

Anyone with information on the incident, should call Cpl. Phil Alexander at 770-781-3077. To contribute to the family’s expenses, visit their GoFundMe account to donate.

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