Witnesses told investigators that the man accused of hitting a pedestrian on Monday morning got out of his Jeep, looked at the woman lying in the road and drove away, according to court records.

According to an arrest warrant issued for 47-year-old Tracy Lee Wilson and information provided by Woodstock police:

At 6:47 a.m. Monday, Wilson was driving a black 2003 Jeep Wrangler west on Ga. Highway 92 near its intersection with Sharon Way and reportedly struck 18-year-old Sarahfina Okole.

Wilson and other witnesses stopped and walked to where Okole was lying in the street. Witnesses said Wilson, who is listed as 6-foot-11 and 290 pounds, then got back into his Jeep and drove away as a Woodstock Police Department arrived at the scene.

Okole was taken to an area hospital where she died from her injuries.

That morning, Woodstock police asked the public for help in locating the Jeep, giving out its license plate number PXD4638. Tips led police to a warehouse in Woodstock on Monday afternoon where Wilson was working, and he was taken in for questioning.

He was charged Monday night with hit-and-run resulting in serious injury and death and was later released from the Cherokee County jail on $8,450 bond.

Woodstock police have said there may be additional charges brought in the case.

Okole is the third pedestrian to die after being hit by a vehicle in Cherokee County since November.

A pedestrian was killed Jan. 25 crossing Highway 92.

In that incident, Donald Beacham, 64, of Acworth was struck by a vehicle while crossing Ga. Highway 92 at Robin Road at about 9:30 a.m.

“The motorist was traveling in the same direction as the pedestrian and when he turned left to travel west on Highway 92 he struck the pedestrian,” Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said.

Beacham was transported to WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in Marietta with serious injuries. Beacham died from his injuries at Kennestone on Sunday.

In that case, the driver, 63-year-old Kevin Orr of Acworth, remained at the scene and cooperated with deputies. No charges have yet been filed in that case.

Also, a pedestrian died in Canton in November when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Riverstone Parkway. In that case, the pedestrian was not crossing in a crosswalk, police said. That investigation is ongoing as well.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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