When police officers arrived at the scene, they observed the victim — a 17-year-old black male — lying on the road and yelling that his head and leg were hurting. Officers also noticed a large amount of blood coming from the back of the victim’s head as well as his left hip and right arm.
A bicycle belonging to the victim was lying in the westbound lane of Cabin Creek Drive.
As the victim was treated by EMS, police spoke to a witness of the accident. The witness stated that the victim was travelling north on McKneely, approaching Cabin Creek Drive, and was struck by a vehicle when he was crossing Cabin Creek Drive.
The witness further stated that she saw the victim hit the windshield of the vehicle while his bike flew into the road.
The driver of the vehicle reportedly pulled into the parking lot of Moore Elementary School, walked up to the witness and told her that he didn’t have insurance. The driver then got back into the vehicle and left the scene.
The witness told police that she knew to whom the car belonged and who was driving it. As a result, the GPD put a look-out for the vehicle and — while still at the scene of the accident — was informed by dispatch that the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) had received a call on the vehicle involved in the accident.
When SCSO deputies located the vehicle on North Greer Road, it was unoccupied but had extensive damage to its windshield. GPD officers eventually made contact with the woman to whom the car belongs. The woman stated that she hadn’t seen her boyfriend — 29-year-old black male — all night.
A SCSO deputy found the boyfriend later that night in the area of North Hill Street and McIntosh Circle — which is in close proximity to both the location of where the vehicle was found and the residence of the person to whom the car belongs.
The deputy noticed the boyfriend “sweating pretty badly” but was not familiar at the time with the accident that had occurred in the city. The deputy ran the boyfriend through the system, and when his name came back as “not wanted,” the deputy went back into service.
The victim was transported via ambulance to the Griffin Fire Department Station No. 1, from where he was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center. He has since been released and is in good condition, according to police.
Police officers stated that they were going to speak to a magistrate judge about getting a search warrant for the vehicle and warrants for the arrest of the 29-year-old boyfriend. Warrants were, in fact, issued, but as of Tuesday afternoon, the suspect had not been arrested.