Georgia State Patrol IDs suspected driver in Saturday's hit-and-run accident

Passenger in fatal wreck in Newton County released from hospital

CONYERS — The Georgia State Patrol has identified the driver suspected of fleeing the scene of an accident early Saturday morning after hitting a pedestrian.

On Saturday, the GSP issued a lookout for a white Toyota that struck a pedestrian Saturday around 12:30 a.m. on Brown Bridge Road at Hardwood Drive and then left the scene. The victim, a 19-year-old man from Conyers, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment of injuries, the GSP said.

Nicole Gustin, a spokeswoman with Atlanta Medical Center, said on Monday the victim was listed in good condition.

According to the incident report filed by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy who responded to the scene, the victim said he had been skateboarding down Brown Bridge Road when he was struck by a vehicle just as he passed Hardwood Drive.

“The victim walked to a house on hardwood Drive for help (and) the vehicle that struck him kept on going,” the report states.

On Saturday evening, the GSP sent out a notice stating that the investigating trooper received information identifying the suspected driver and had located the 1992 Toyota Camry believed to have been involved.

“Troopers will conduct interviews (this) week and charges in the case are pending the completion of the investigation,” the GSP release states.

In other news, the female passenger who was injured in a one-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of the driver has been released from the hospital.

The 20-year-old Covington woman was a passenger in the 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by Tucker Craig Hankins, 20, also of Covington. According to GSP Trooper Gordy Wright, the crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Ga. Highway 212 near Oak Hill in Newton County when the car Hankins was driving left the road in a curve and hit a tree.

“A passenger in the vehicle was partially ejected, had to be extricated, and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center,” Wright stated in a press release Saturday. “According to the investigating trooper, speed, drugs and alcohol all appear to be factors in the crash.”