A woman who struck a pedestrian and later crashed into a utility pole was arrested on multiple charges Friday night.
A police report said that on Friday at about 8:15 p.m. police responded to the 100 block of Jarboe Street in reference to a hit and run with an injured pedestrian. The distraught victim told officers that she had stepped off the curb in front of her house and was struck by a vehicle. The victim’s mother, who did not witness the accident, told police she had heard the commotion outside and found her daughter lying next to the road. Neighbors told police that they had heard screeching tires and observed a black Honda swerving to miss a female in the roadway. They said the vehicle struck the female and continued south on Jarboe Street before taking a left onto Hamilton Road.
The passenger in the Honda arrived at the scene and told police he was riding with his cousin Brittany Johnson, 25, of Lanett, Ala. and said that he could barely see a figure in the roadway, and told Johnson to swerve to miss the figure but the vehicle had already struck the subject. He stated that he saw the subject get up and fall back down as Johnson drove away. He stated that he told Johnson to stop, but she continued driving and she dropped him off at Wesley Way. He continued to plead with Johnson to go check on the pedestrian, but Johnson sped out of the parking lot.
About 30 minutes later, officers found the black Honda and it had crashed into a utility pole on Polk Street. The two front airbags were deployed, and no one was inside the vehicle, the report said.
Officers set up a perimeter and located Johnson in the wood line between Polk Street and Baldwin Street. She had sustained minor injuries to her face and foot. Once she was detained, she told officers that she had been traveling on Jarboe Street with her cousin, and he told her to swerve to avoid hitting a subject in the roadway but it was too late. She told police she stopped but her cousin told her that he was on work release and to keep going so he they would not get into any trouble. She stated that she stopped and asked the female if she was OK and the female had responded yes so she left the scene. She dropped her cousin off at Wesley Way and was headed to another cousin’s house on Polk Street to tell what happened. As she was turning into the residence on Polk Street, the car slid and struck the utility pole. She said she fled from the car because she did not want to get into any trouble.
Johnson was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office on charges of hit and run, failure to report accident with injury, driving on a suspended license, striking a fixture and obstruction.
The victim complained of foot pain and not being able to see and was transported to the West Georgia Medical Center.
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