A 40-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in the hit-and-run that threw a grandmother of 16 to her death as she was walking to the bus stop on her way to work last week in southwest Atlanta.
Mr. Eric Demons was charged with homicide by vehicle, hit and run, failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk and driving on a suspended license in the incident that happened on Feb. 19, according to Atlanta police.
That day Ms. Cassandra Head, 53, died at the scene after being hit by an SUV.
Ms. Head’s family said she was walking to the bus stop on her way to work at the post office when she was hit and killed.
The incident happened around 6 a.m. at 3620 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near the intersection of Bakers Ferry Road, police said.
“The victim, a 53-year-old female, was reported as being in the crosswalk when a dark-colored SUV came through the light heading east and struck the victim with the front of the vehicle,” police spokesman Mr. Carlos Campos said.
“The impact caused the victim to be knocked onto the sidewalk causing severe injuries. The suspect vehicle did not stop and drove off.”
The family told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Ms. Head had lost her boyfriend of four years two weeks ago, and two weeks before that, her boyfriend lost his son.
“She’s everything. She’s everything to us,” Ms. Head’s daughter, also named Ms. Cassandra Head, told the paper.
Ms. Head left behind five children and 16 grandchildren.
“I can’t even explain what kind of person it is to sit here knowing you hit somebody and not even stop,” Ms. Cassandra Head said. “If you turn yourself in, that means that you are sorry for what you did.”
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