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Police searching for driver in early morning hit-and-run

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police and family members are asking the driver who left a plumber for dead on a Lawrenceville roadway this week as he walked to work to come forward.

Aubrey Turner, 55, a plumber with Lawrenceville's The Dickerson Group, was walking in the 800 block of Dean Road toward Old Peachtree Road about 6:40 a.m. when the vehicle struck him and drove off, police said.

Turner, a father of two, remained in intensive care at Gwinnett Medical Center on Thursday, undergoing surgery on his shattered left arm, said his sister-in-law, Terri Trew. He was transported to the hospital unconscious and with internal bleeding, she said.

Turner remembers nothing of the impact.

"We just want to find the people who hit him. They left him for dead, you know," Trew said. "They had to know they hit him."

One of Turner's coworkers was en route to work when they spotted him lying in the roadway, Trew said.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the vehicle type is unknown, though investigators did find broken vehicle parts at the scene that are being analyzed to possibly determine a make and model.

"It hasn't been confirmed yet that these parts came from the vehicle, or if they were parts left behind from a previous accident," Ritter said.

A responding officer checked accident records in the area and found no recent incidents, Ritter said.

Trew said the busted parts included a side mirror that appeared to have come from a truck.

Police urge witnesses or anyone with information to call the Gwinnett County Police Department A.I.U. hotline at 770-338-7430, ext. 5670, or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.