Suspect in Custody for Deadly Gwinnett Hit-and-Run

Suspect in Custody for Deadly Gwinnett Hit-and-Run

Authorities in Gwinnett County apprehended a second suspect Friday in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a woman in Norcross more than ten days ago.

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According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, Richard Grant was arrested on August 12 and charged with homicide, felony hit-and-run, and driving on a suspended license and is accused of running over Floridalma Godinez-Chavez in Norcross the night of August 7.

Grant is the second individual to be arrested for Godinez-Chavez’s death. Carlos Hernandez-Tecata was arrested the same night the incident took place and was charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, and driving on a suspended license.

Police allege that Hernandez-Tecata originally struck the victim with his truck, knocking her down while she was trying to cross the street. Grant then reportedly ran Godinez-Chavez over with his GMC pickup truck.

It has not been specified if the two suspects know each other. Grant is from Norcross and Hernandez-Tecata is from Lilburn.

Steven Leibel, a Georgia Superlawyer in personal injury commented on the civil lawsuits that come out of these criminal charges. “Sadly these criminals usually are uninsured drivers or have minimum limits which hardly compensate families for the loss of their loved ones. It is vital that people protect themselves by buying good auto insurance with high medical pay coverage and make certain that they have add on uninsured / underinsured that equals their own liability limits”

The original incident occurred on South Norcross Tucker Road at 9:30 p.m. on August 7, the AJC reports. Upon arriving at the scene, police found 47-year-old Godinez-Chavez dead in the road.

The two suspects could face up to 15 years in prison each if found guilty.

Pedestrians are particularly likely to be involved in a hit-and-run accident. AAA reports that 60 percent of hit-and-run victims are pedestrians struck by drivers.

It is estimated that nearly 1,500 people are killed in hit-and-run collisions every year.

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