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Athens woman indicted for fatal hit-and-run death of pedestrian


Amanda Leigh Gerrett

By Joe Johnson

An Athens woman was indicted this week on charges stemming from a fatal hit-and-run collision with a pedestrian three months ago.

An Athens-Clarke County grand jury charged 31-year-old Amanda Leigh Gerrett with two counts of first-degree homicide by vehicle and one count each of hit and run, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane, according to the indictment that was filed Tuesday in Superior Court.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, the incident occurred on Dec. 22 when Gerrett was driving a Jeep SUV north on North Avenue at about 3:45 p.m. when the vehicle jumped the curb and fatally struck 66-year-old Stephen James Pugh who was walking northbound on the sidewalk.

Gerrett, a resident of the Hallmark Estates mobile home park, fled the scene, police said, and the Jeep was later found abandoned on Third Street.

After connecting the abandoned Jeep to Gerrett, police took out warrants for the woman's arrest, and she was arrested six days after the collision.

Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson said he was unable to find any next of kin to notify them about Pugh’s death. He said that both of the homeless man’s parents, who had lived in Brunswick, were deceased.

The coroner said he did not know where Pugh stayed in Athens, but a woman who knew him said he lived in the area of Carr's Hill and often interacted with members of the Oconee Street United Methodist Church.

Gerrett, who has been detained at the county jail without bail being set, is scheduled to be arraigned on April 26.


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Living conditions in many trailer parks are almost as bad as homeless. These people don't garner the same "status" as homeless, yet there is very little difference. "Homeless" gets the resources; squeaky wheel concept. We never give resources from the government to the middle..if your a single mom with 3 kids, your getting in subsidized housing. Married with 3, you're on your own. The whole government.assistance program is design to reward the worst behavior. Just a comment since trailer parks are so funny, apparently. I realize I am off topic.

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KeKeepE'mHating
KeKeepE'mHating
24 mar 2022
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Yea you are and BEFORE COMMENTING you should take a drive to Hallmark. Nothing about those prices are CHEAP and it isn't nasty out there. Athens has ALOT OF RESOURCES ESPECIALLY FOR THE HOMELESS AND SINGLE PARENT'S. The resources don't just fall in your lap tho you HAVE TO GO REQUEST THEM. I USE TO GIVE MONEY TO THE PEOPLE HOLDING UP SIGNS BUT SINCE COVID ITS SO MANY JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE. I WANTED TO ASK ONE PERSON THE OTHER DAY WITH A SIGN IF HE NEEDED HELP GETTING AN ID AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD. I'D HELP SO HE CAN GO GET A DAMN JOB.

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Jarvis T
Jarvis T
23 mar 2022

“A resident of the Hallmark Estates mobile home park.”

MOBILE HOME PARK?!!!

Figures!

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Lol. Probably shouldn’t talk about someone you know nothing about. Coming from her oldest brother…. She didn’t live there. She was in rehab. She was an honor roll student in high school. She was a cheerleader that tore her acl and became addicted to pain pills after surgery and it’s been downhill since then. She had to use an address outside of the rehab facility and that was our step brothers address. Maybe instead of being so judgmental, you should take a second to think about others involved.

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