Police Arrest Hit-and-Run Suspect in Port Wentworth, Georgia
PORT WENTWORTH, GA- Wsav.com writes that police apprehended a suspect who they believe committed a hit-and-run crash earlier this week. The driver allegedly struck a woman in the Food Lion parking lot early in the morning on Highway 21. The victim was in the parking lot helping the other driver jump his car.*
The driver who needed the jump was operating a Chevrolet Hatchback vehicle, which moved forward and hit the woman helping him, causing her to become pinned between the two vehicles.
The woman sustained injuries from the accident, and the man driving the Chevrolet got into his vehicle and then fled the scene.
Reports indicated that the man headed towards Highway 30. Police described the man white with orange or red hair, and a goatee and asked for help in identifying him. Surveillance cameras also captured images of the suspect near the scene. About a day after the crash, officers arrested the man.
In many cases, hit-and-run drivers flee the scene of an accident because they did not have a valid driver’s license or were drunk or on drugs when they caused the crash. These individuals fear facing the consequences of their actions and try to avoid the authorities. Leaving the scene of a crash, causing death or a severe injury is a felony that can lead to jail time and other serious penalties. Some of these suspects may even have warrants out for their arrest and try to escape knowing that if they remain at the scene, they will be taken into custody.
Sadly, hit-and-run crashes are increasing around the country, and many of these drivers are never caught.
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Sources:https://www.wsav.com/crime-safety/port-wentworth-police-seek-to-identify-hit-and-run-suspect/ and https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/04/hit-run-deaths-hit-record-high/