Georgia law requires that anyone involved in an accident contact the police, file a police report as soon as possible, and exchange information with any others involved. If a driver leaves the scene of an accident, they may be charged with the crime of hit and run. If the accident caused only property damage, the charge will be a misdemeanor.
However, if the accident involved injuries or a fatality in addition to the driver having fled the scene of the accident, the charges can be upgraded to a felony. The punishment, if convicted, is a sentence of between one and five years in prison. If there is a fatality, the driver may also be charged with vehicular homicide, which is also a felony.
11 Alive reports that a driver is wanted in connections with multiple hit-and-run offenses in at least two jurisdictions.
According to police, the first incident took place at around 10:45 a.m. at Wade Walker Park. Following the accident, the suspect stole the victim’s vehicle, a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe. The suspect left the victim to die.
At around 2:25 p.m., the suspect, identified only as a black male, struck a family riding their bicycles at North Dekalb Mall.
A four-year-old child was seriously injured in the accident.
Further investigation revealed that the same vehicle was involved in another collision in a separate jurisdiction. Details on that incident were not released.
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