A man who allegedly struck two women while driving a stolen vehicle and dragged them up an embankment has surrendered to police, officials said Thursday.
Mr. Byron Devon Perry, 38, was arrested on nine charges in the hit and run that left one woman with a partially severed leg and the other with a broken pelvis last week in southwest Atlanta, police spokeswoman Officer John Chafee said.
The incident happened shortly before midnight on Aug. 23 on Peeples Street near White Street.
Investigators said Ms. Adrienne Smith and Ms. Brianna Johnson were sitting on a brick wall at 824 Peeples St. when they were struck by a white 2013 Ford Edge.
The driver attempted to negotiate a curve, but ended up leaving the roadway and striking the two women, Officer Chafee said.
“As the Ford continued, it damaged the brick wall and dragged the women up a small embankment,” Officer Chafee said. “The Ford continued and struck a chained link fence, which was the property of Atlanta Public School System.”
Ms. Smith was pinned under the vehicle, until she was freed by first responders, he said. Both women, who were reported to be best friends, were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.
The driver of the vehicle was observed by school security running from the scene and the vehicle he was driving is suspected to have been stolen from an Avis rental lot.
Police said Mr. Perry was already on probation when he showed up at the Fulton County jail.
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