Covington police are still looking for the driver of a hit-and-run accident Thursday night that killed a 15-year-old.

Captain Jack Howell said first responders were dispatched to Hwy. 51 near Garland Avenue at 8:20 p.m. The caller said they’d seen what looked like sparks coming from an SUV driving northbound.

When they arrived on scene they found a 15-year-old boy, whom the family identified on social media as Anthony Whiteman, unconscious.


Howell said there was a photo taken of Anthony riding a chopper-style bike northbound in the left lane of Hwy. 51, near Sherrod, a minute or two before the 911 call came in.

He was a sophomore at Covington High School, part of the Class of 2024, and had previously attended Crestview Middle School.

Howell and the family want the person responsible, or anyone who may know any information, to come forward.

“It was dark and rainy, but you had to have known you hit somebody,” Howell said.

Anthony was declared brain dead and his family waited to take him off of life support until his organs could be donated. His aunt notified people through a Facebook video on Sunday they were planning an honor walk for him.

In addition to his parents and other family members, he also leaves two brothers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CPD Lt. Rodney McCurry or Det. Tony Doss. at 901-476-5282 or through Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300.

Echo Day
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