A teenager who slammed into a vehicle in Buckhead and took off running was quickly captured on October 9. Three men who were working on a construction project chased the teenage hit-and-run driver for about 200 yards before subduing him.
One of the men, Chase Albrecht, said he used his jiu jitsu training to hold the 16-year-old until the authorities arrived. He told a news station he pinned down the driver’s hip and put shoulder pressure on his chin.
The accident caused serious damage to 23-year-old Brittany Lopez’s SUV. Lopez said she bought the vehicle just two before the accident and she was driving home from work when she was struck at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Stratford Roads.
The Atlanta Police Department released footage showing Lopez turning left onto Peachtree Road as a Mercedes Benz SUV barreled through the intersection going the wrong way.
The teenager crashed into the front of Lopez’s vehicle and the impact pushed both vehicles into the middle of the intersection.
Lopez said she could only recall seeing the side of the airbag explode and she blacked out. Her father was driving behind her, and Lopez said he wanted to chase the driver, but he stopped to check on her first.
When the police arrived, they took the teenage hit-and-run driver into custody and also confiscated almost $4, 000 in cash and a handgun.
The teenager was treated in hospital and released into his parents’ custody. His charges include hit-and-run, reckless driving, driving without a license, and possessing a weapon as a minor.
Both Lopez and the police praised the construction workers for their quick action.
If you were involved in a car accident involving a hit-and-run driver, you may be eligible for compensation. A Georgia car accident lawyer can help you to hold them accountable.