Clayton County man was trying to rescue trapped family when he was hit and killed, loved ones say

A Clayton County man who was killed in a hit-and-run is being remembered for his selflessness.

Javes Calhoun’s family says the 29-year-old love for helping others is what cost him his life.

Police say Calhoun was killed in a crash on I-75 near Tara Blvd. on Sept. 18 that left another woman critically injured.

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Calhoun’s family says the two good Samaritans saw a car that had flipped over and were trying to help the family that was trapped inside.

“He was just willing to give. Anything. He would give the shirt off his back to a homeless person,” his wife, Porsha Calhoun, told Channel 2′s Tom Jones.

“He loved to give. He loved people. He never met a stranger,” Mignon Jones, Calhoun’s mother, said.

Police say that while the two were standing outside, a driver swerved across several lanes of traffic just before 5 a.m. and hit the cars parked in the emergency lanes.

“It knocked him literally over the median to the I-75 NB side,” his sister, Taija Calhoun, said.


Investigators say that after the crash, the driver jumped out of the car and took off running.

The tight-knit family is pleading for the driver to turn himself in.

“I’m not mad. I just want to be able to rest, so I want the driver to turn himself in,” Jones said.

Police have identified the owner of the car as a woman, so they are working to figure out who the man was.

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