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North Forsyth woman indicted for 2015 hit-and-run that left victim in a ditch

POSTED: April 9, 2017 6:00 a.m.
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Stephanie Anderson

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CUMMING -- A woman accused of critically injuring another woman in a hit-and-run incident that occurred in June 2015 was recently indicted on several charges related to the accident. 

On March 13, a Forsyth County Grand Jury indicted Stephanie Anderson, 30, of Cumming, on one count of serious injury by vehicle and two counts of hit-and-run after she reportedly struck a woman with her car and failed to stop her vehicle at the scene of the accident, leaving the victim, who “appeared deceased,” in a ditch on the side of the highway. 

“The said accused, without malice, did cause bodily harm to [the victim] by rendering her arm, ribs and scapula useless,” the indictment said. “The accused did drive a motor vehicle in a reckless manner in a reckless disregard of the safety of a person by driving off the roadway and striking [the victim.] 

“[Anderson] did knowingly fail to immediately stop her vehicle at the scene of the accident … and render reasonable assistance to [the victim] …who at the scene of said accident appears deceased and was unable to communicate.” 

Two of the charges – serious injury by vehicle and one of the hit-and-runs – are felonies. 

Around 4:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015, Anderson was driving a blue 2006 Nissan Sentra when she allegedly veered off Canton Highway (Hwy. 20) and struck the woman, who was out walking her dog. 

It was not known how far off the highway the victim was when struck, but the distance was enough for Anderson to cross the fog line onto the grass, the sheriff’s office said at the time. 

Authorities were notified of the hit-and-run when a passer-by called 911 about 5:45 a.m. Sunday after finding the woman, who is in her mid-40s, in a ditch off the highway, just northwest of Cumming. The 911 caller apparently noticed the woman’s dog standing nearby. 

The dog was not hurt in the accident and a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said at the time the victim was apparently returning from a nearby Waffle House, where she had been eating breakfast. 

Anderson’s car ultimately became a central part of the investigation as it left evidence on-scene. 

Deputies later impounded it after they found it at a home in a subdivision off Wallace Tatum Road in north Forsyth. 

Anderson is scheduled to be arraigned in court on April 12, with Forsyth County Superior Judge Jeffrey Bagley presiding over the case.

 

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