Hit and Run Causes Extensive Damage in Cumming

Hit and Run Causes Extensive Damage in Cumming

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office reports a hit and run caused $20,000 in damage near Lake Lanier over the weekend.

According to a statement on the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a truck smashed into two gates while driving at Bald Ridge Marina in Cumming. The driver then proceeded to flee the scene.

The incident occurred the night of either April 15 or 16.

A security camera captured an image of the vehicle while it was making its getaway. Based on the image, authorities believe that the truck is a Ford F-350 with cab lights and dual rear wheels. The camera image did not reveal the driver, who is still at large.

The sheriff’s office is asking the public for any information on the truck or the driver.

Under the Georgia criminal code, a hit and run by itself is a misdemeanor that carries with it up to $1,000 in fines and twelve months in jail. The driver will also face charges for the damage he or she caused to the gates.

This is not the first time that Forsyth County authorities have dealt with a hit and run. In the summer of 2014, a 28-year-old woman from Cumming was arrested after she hit and injured a pedestrian with her car and fled the scene.

USA Today reports that the yearly number of hit and runs in the United States has increased every year since 2009.

Often, drivers flee the scene of an accident because they are under the influence of alcohol.

“Alcohol is a major, major part of the problem,” says Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Any information regarding the truck or driver in question should be forwarded to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. They can be contacted by phone at (770) 781-3087.

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