Like all states, Georgia has statutes that say that drivers who are involved in a hit-and-run accident have a duty to remain at the scene. For those who panic and leave, serious charges could result. If the accident involved only property damage and no one was hurt, it is still a misdemeanor charge. If convicted, the driver could be facing a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 12 months in jail. If there are serious injuries or a death involved, the hit-and-run charge is a felony. This can mean imprisonment from a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of five years.
11 Alive reports that a Gwinnett County judge has died days after being run over by a truck where the driver fled the scene. The accident occurred at about 7 p.m. on December 20th in Buford.
Senior Magistrate Judge Emily Powell was crossing from the north shoulder of West Moreno Street to the south corner. She was at the intersection of West Moreno Street and South Lee Street.
Obed Arreola Toledo left the scene without contacting the police. Police were contacted at a later time and Toledo’s truck was impounded. Judge Powell was taken to the hospital where she lived for a few days before succumbing to her injuries on New Year’s Eve.
Judge Powell was one of the first Gwinnett County magistrates, having served the county for 20 years. She helped to train and mentor new judges in Gwinnett County. She leaves behind a husband and two children.
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