COVINGTON - A Covington man faces charges in connection with the death of a 6-year-old who was hit by an SUV after getting off a MARTA bus with her mother in Clarkston Tuesday afternoon.
Gregory Armwood of Covington was expected to turn himself in to DeKalb County authorities Wednesday. According to news reports from WGCL-TV, Armwood has an extensive record of traffic violations including speeding, DUI and at least two accidents.
Six-year-old Sukmaya Mager died Wednesday of her injuries. According to an article published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the child had moved with her parents and older brother from Nepal and had only been in the U.S. for 12 days. She was to have started school the day she died at Children's Healthcare at Egleston.
Sukmaya and her mother had reportedly gotten off a bus on East Ponce de Leon Avenue on Tuesday afternoon when she was hit by an SUV driven by Armwood that authorities say crossed a double line and passed the bus on the wrong side of the road.
The AJC article said authorities allege that Armwood sped around one stopped car and the MARTA bus just as the little girl and her mother, Motie Mager, and a neighbor crossed in front of the bus near Clarkston City Hall. A police officer witnessed the accident, the article states.
In other crime news, a 13-year-old girl has been charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property after she allegedly attacked her aunt after a confrontation about putting her books away.
According to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report, the girl assaulted her aunt, who is also her guardian, with a metal flower pot stand, which she threw at her, and also kicked her in the stomach.
"The juvenile did also destroy items in the dining room by throwing flowers and (a) pot up against the wall, causing damage to (drywall) and causing dirt to cover the carpet in the dining room. She did throw three large dining room chairs all over the dining room," the report states. "This happened because the juvenile did not want to pick up her books that she had thrown into the floor when her aunt asked her to."
The report goes on to state that the aunt began "administering corporal punishment," and at that time the juvenile began assaulting the aunt and "destroying" the dining room.
She was charged and fingerprinted and turned over to Juvenile Court authorities.
A woman came to NCSO headquarters to report that she was the victim of an Internet scam, according to an incident report.
The woman said she had been contacted via e-mail by someone who identified himself as Charles Moyes who worked for a company known as GED Inc. located in the United Kingdom. Moyes' allegedly offered the woman a job.
"(The victim) said the job was to receive money orders from persons unknown in the United States ... to put the money orders into her personal bank account and wire transfer a money order to the suspect," the report states.
The woman said she received her first money order, drawn by the United States Post Office, in the amount of $815. She followed instructions, but after she completed the transaction, she was notified by her bank that the money order was counterfeit.
The woman told NCSO investigators she attempted to contact Moyes by telephone and e-mail, but never heard back from him. She had, however, received two more money orders in the amount of $1,000 each.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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