BY JEFF CLARK
Photos by Mike Livingston
After a fatal hit and run claimed the life of Eva Jean Richards a few weeks ago, two more hits and runs were reported in Columbus in the past week.
On Thursday, April 30 at approximately 11:25 p.m., a Dodge Ram 1500 was driving on Bluecutt Road heading towards Highway 45 when the vehicle hit the back end of a Toyota Tacoma, knocking the vehicle into a ditch. The Dodge kept going and did not stop after the accident. An officer with the Columbus Police Department spotted the vehicle, as it was driving in the wrong lane, coming straight towards the officer.
The vehicle was pulled over in the parking lot of the Auto Spa. The front tire on the driver’s side of the vehicle was flat and a brake caliper was hanging from its undercarriage.
The driver of the vehicle, Leland Danner, 23, refused to submit to a field sobriety test. Danner was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, driving without insurance, driving with suspended license and DUI first offense. Danner was taken to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. His bond was set at $2,809. Danner has no prior felony arrest on his record but he has been arrested a few times before on misdemeanor traffic charges.
Columbus police are looking for a person who left the scene of an accident Sunday night that sent one to the hospital.
At approximately 10 p.m. Sunday, Darius Dunlap was driving his bicycle south on 22nd Street North when he was struck from behind by what he described as a “dark colored vehicle.” The vehicle sped away after hitting Dunlap’s bike. The accident left Dunlap a bit dazed after he was hit.
A witness across the street from the accident told police that he heard what sounded like a car accident and he found Dunlap laying in the middle of the road.
Dunlap was transported by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle with minor injuries.
Anyone with information regarding the hit and run is asked to call the Columbus Police Department or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers.
Eva Jean Richards was killed when she was struck during a hit and run while she was walking on was walking on 7th Avenue and the intersection of 17th Street at around 9 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
Terrance Vontell McBride, 37, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death later that night. McBride had washed the vehicle after hitting Richards and he had also removed the tag from the vehicle before being apprehended by the CPD.
BY JEFF CLARK