Conyers Police charge father after son struck by vehicle

CONYERS -- The Conyers Police have arrested a father who allegedly ran down his 14-year-old son with his vehicle Saturday afternoon.

Ronnie Andrew Turner, 38, of 1375 Almand Creek Drive, faces charges of aggravated assault and hit and run in connection with the incident.

According to CPD incident reports, witnesses notified 911 after they said they saw a vehicle driven by Turner leave the roadway and strike their friend who was riding a bicycle.

"(The witness) advised (the victim) was screaming and took off running when he got up from under the car," according to the report.

The teen was later located at a home on Overlook Way, where he apparently ran for help. EMS, which had responded to the accident location on Almand Creek Drive, went to Overlook Way and transported the victim to Rockdale Medical Center.

The report stated the victim had three lacerations on his right shoulder, a small abrasion and minor bruising to his lower left leg.

The bicycle the young man had been riding was recovered at the father's house and was described as "mangled and the front wheel was busted."

Apparently a report had come in to CPD earlier in the day that the son had run away from home, but was later cancelled.

The father told CPD officers, he saw his son on the bicycle and pulled his vehicle up beside him and told him to go in the house. He said the son said, "No," and began to leave on the bicycle. At the same time, the father said he began to drive off and the two of them collided, the incident report states.

The father then stated that he heard his son yell, "Oww," and he stopped his vehicle, backed up and watched the teen run away, according to the incident report. Turner said he then drove around the bike and went home. He then walked back to the accident scene and removed the bicycle and placed it behind his house where officers later found it.

Officers also found other evidence at the scene, according to the report.

"I observed tire marks leaving the roadway and up into the dirt next to a small shrub on the corner. I observed broken pieces of black plastic that were later matched to the front wheel of (the victim's) bicycle. I observed several areas where the bicycle dug into the ground," the report states.

Also, the vehicle Turner was driving had damage noted.

" ... I observed deep scratches in the paint of (Turner's) car, a blue Nissan Altima. I observed scratches on the front driver side bumper and quarter panel. I observed scratches on the bottom of the driver's side door."

The teen was treated and released to the custody of his mother who took him to her home in Ellenwood. The Department of Family and Children's Services was notified.