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Athens Hit-and-Run Suspect Turns Herself In

The driver suspected of killing an Athens man in a hit-and-run last week turned herself in on Monday.

Amanda Leigh Gerrett, 31, is charged with first degree vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, and failure to maintain lane. As of Wednesday, Gerrett was being held without bond at the Clarke County Jail.

A silver Jeep SUV jumped the curb on North Avenue, hitting and killing a man walking along the sidewalk on the afternoon of Dec. 22. Coroner Sonny Wilson identified the man as James Pugh, 66, according to Classic City News. Those who knew Pugh say he was homeless and stayed in the Carr’s Hill area. He was widely known for walking everywhere shirtless, often frequented the UGA Library and befriended several members of Oconee Street United Methodist Church.

The vehicle did not stop, and police later found it on Third Street. The following day, they identified Gerrett as the suspected driver and obtained warrants for her arrest.