A man was allegedly chasing another driver when police said he struck three teens as they were walking along a sidewalk, killing one of them in Cobb County.
They have charged the alleged driver as well as the man he was chasing in connection with the deadly wreck, which happened shortly before 7:20 p.m. Sunday on Barrett Lakes Boulevard in Kennesaw, according to Cobb County police.
Investigators said the driver of a silver 2004 Nissan 350z was heading northbound on Barrett Lakes Boulevard approaching Shiloh Valley Drive when he lost control of his vehicle before leaving the eastern edge of the roadway.
The vehicle crossed the sidewalk and struck three juvenile females who were walking along the sidewalk, police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said. The driver the fled the scene, police said.
One of the girls died at the scene and a second was transported by ambulance to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Bowman said. The third teen was also transported to the hospital, but her injuries are considered non-life threatening, Bowman said.
The alleged driver, 27-year-old Tansu Kanlica of Atlanta, was located and apprehended several miles from the site of the incident, police said.
“It is believed that Mr. Kanlica was attempting to give chase to another vehicle for theft of services,” Bowman said. Though, he did not say what type of services was involved.
The alleged thief, 23-year-old Garrett Anderson, of Kennesaw, was arrested Monday, Bowman said. Anderson was charged with theft of Services, reckless driving, two counts of Serious Injury by vehicle, and first-degree homicide by vehicle.
Both Anderson and Kanlica were in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center Monday.
In a previous incident incident, Kanlica was arrested in September after he allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old girl who was waiting for a bus on Piedmont Road, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kanlica allegedly tried throw the teen to the ground, but she was able to run into a Pep Boys store and found the manager who ran outside and held Kanlica down until police arrived.
He reportedly pleaded guilty to the crime in February, according to Fulton County court records.