Woodstock Police arrested a suspect Monday night in connection to a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian that morning.
Woodstock Police, in partnership with the Cherokee County Multi-Agency Crash Investigation Unit, arrested Tracy Lee Wilson, 47, of Ellijay at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, following an investigation into a fatal hit-and-run, the department announced Monday night. Wilson is charged with felony hit-and-run with additional charges possibly pending.
At approximately 6:50 a.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to a call of a person struck by a vehicle on Highway 92 at Sharon Way. The pedestrian, identified as 18-year-old Sarahfina Okole, was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Investigators followed up on leads, and, that afternoon, Wilson was located at a local warehouse where he was working and was taken into custody. Witnesses identified Wilson's vehicle by his tag number and alerted police. Police had asked for assistance from the public Monday morning, circulating Wilson's tag number.
Wilson was booked into the the Cherokee County jail, where he was released Monday night on an $8,450 bond. The investigation is ongoing.
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.