Car believed to be stolen in deadly hit-and-run crash

By: Margaret Kreger, Rebecca Hood, Sheli Muniz Email
By: Margaret Kreger, Rebecca Hood, Sheli Muniz Email
The driver could face homicide by motor vehicle, running a stop sign and hit-and-run charges. (WRDW-TV / Jan. 13, 2012)

The driver could face homicide by motor vehicle, running a stop sign and hit-and-run charges. (WRDW-TV / Jan. 13, 2012)

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Richmond County deputies are searching for the driver of a hit-and-run vehicle after a fatal accident Friday morning.

Investigators say four people were driving southbound on Old McDuffie Road in a Nissan Armada around 1:15 a.m. when the driver of a black Dodge Durango ran a stop sign on Amsterdam Drive and hit the Armada.

The Armada flipped, trapping the front passenger inside. The passenger, 60-year-old James Edward Hester, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The three others inside the Armada were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Investigators say the Durango was found at the scene. They are still searching for the driver.

"People just don't leave the scene of accidents, unless there's a reason for leaving," Captain Scott Gay with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.

They are also looking for a black Pontiac or Grand-Prix and the four or five juveniles who were in the vehicle in connection to the possible hit-and-run. Witnesses told deputies they saw it driving around the neighborhood at the time of the accident.

Investigators say the Durango could have been stolen that same night.

"We want to get that person in custody as fast as we can because we know he is a danger to society," Gay said.

The others are witnesses in this case, but the driver could face homicide by motor vehicle, running a stop sign and hit-and-run charges.

Gay said they do expect other charges to stem from this one crash.


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