Leaving the scene of an accident or hit-and-run is a crime according to Georgia state law. While many hit and run accidents are minor, resulting in only property damage, some also cause significant injury to other people, sometimes even death. In Georgia, it is discouraging that hit-and-run accidents are increasing. Georgia ranks as the fourth state in the number of hit-and-run accidents that involve fatalities. 72 people were killed in hit-and-run crashes in 2016. Pedestrians and bicyclists are the primarily affected people in hit-and-run accidents, accounting for over 60% of hit-and-run fatalities nationally.
The AJC reports that two people have been injured and the driver fled the scene following a crash that involved a police chase in Smyrna.
The incident started sometime after 8 a.m. on Friday when police received a suspicious person call near a mixed-use development on Belmont Park Drive.
As police arrived, a driver in an SUV fled the scene. As the vehicle left, it struck one of the responding patrol cars. When the driver did not stop, police officers initiated a pursuit of the vehicle.
The driver crashed near the intersection of South Cobb Drive and Windy Hill Road. He then exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot. Two of his passengers were injured and remained at the scene.
Two guns along with felony amounts of marijuana were recovered from the vehicle by the officers.
The intersection was shut down as the scene was investigated. It reopened at around 10 a.m.
The condition of the two passengers has not been released. It is unclear whether anyone has been charged in the accident.
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