Technology Helps Barrow County Sheriff's in Fatal Hit-and-run Investigation in Winder, Georgia
WINDER, GEORGIA - An accident news story published on fox5atlanta.com reports that investigators with the Barrow County Sheriff's Office are revealing new technology that has helped the Sheriff's deputies find the 36-year-old woman who caused a fatal hit-and-run crash.*
The Monroe woman was arrested at her home and was criminally charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injuries or death. The hit-and-run crash happened on Highway 212 NW and Mayfair Way.
Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith stated that the suspect's car was found with a dark space where the impact with the victim happened. Sheriff Smith said the suspect's car is "strongly believed" to be the vehicle that struck a 52-year-old man on Highway 212 NW and Mayfair Way. Smith stated that their agency had the technology and strong investigative skills to find the driver and place them under arrest. Smith stated that using GDOT traffic cameras and other cameras caught the suspect's vehicle on video, and the investigative team pieced it all together.
Sheriff Smith stated that the investigation began with a deputy checking his dashcam video. That video had an image of the victim walking along Highway 211 by the area where he was hit. The investigators then checked the security cameras at the Barrow County Jail, which is located on the same highway. They discovered then discovered an image of the damaged car. The investigators checked a GDOT construction camera, a church's camera, and security cameras in the City of Winder. The Barrow County and Walton County Sheriff's deputies went to the suspect's home in Walton County. The Sheriff deputies then discovered the suspect's mangled silver sedan, which has been impounded for evidence.
The vehicle was hidden from view by the suspect in the back of her property. Sheriff Smith said that it was his opinion that the suspect tried to hide her vehicle from public view.
The victim's grieving brother said that the suspect hit his brother and then left the scene of the crash. The brother also stated that the suspect didn't stop to check in on his brother, and he could have received medical care and survived the incident. He also thanked law enforcement for solving the crime. He then stated that the justice system must now determine the outcome.
The suspect is being held at the Barrow County Jail at this time. The Georgia State Patrol will complete the pedestrian crash investigation. The area around the fatal crash was closed as law enforcement managed the accident scene. There were no additional details concerning the fatal pedestrian crash released at this time. Accident eyewitnesses are asked to speak with the Georgia State Patrol to provide any helpful information they may have.
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