Charges coming for teens hit by car
by Lindsay Field
lfield@mdjonline.com
May 29, 2012 09:22 AM | 12346 views | 24 24 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cobb Police say that charges are now pending against two teenagers who attempted to cross Shallowford Road at Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta Monday afternoon against a red pedestrian crosswalk signal.

The Cobb County Police Department S.T.E.P. Unit is investigating how the two were hit by a car at the Shallowford Road and Johnson Ferry Road intersection about 5:40 Monday afternoon.

According to Officer Mike Bowman with Cobb Police, 17-year-old Austin Leake of Decatur and 18-year-old Darion Elizabeth Hugh-Sam of Marietta were trying to cross Shallowford Road against a red crosswalk signal when a white 2000 Honda Accord driven by 82-year-old Evelyn Tauchert, who had a green light, hit Leake and Hugh-Sam in the intersection.

Hugh-Sam and Leake were both taken by ambulance to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Hugh-Sam in critical condition and Leake with non-life threatening injuries. Bowman did not know the teenagers' conditions Tuesday morning.

Tauchert was not injured in the crash and refused medical treatment.

The investigation is ongoing, and Bowman declined to say exactly what charges the teens could be facing.

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HerEx
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November 14, 2012
hey does anyone know of an update or anything. i am her ex and ever since i have heard about this i have been tring to find her. the number i have for her doesnt work anymore. i have been looking for her for months now, and would love any information possible. thanks
Iwitness2
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June 01, 2012
Wow, it is amazing, have you people ever been young and stupid? I agree they were in the wrong but there is a young girl clinging to life and many people who will never forget this tragedy. It has turned so many peoples worlds apart and you are going to argue about BMWs and profiling based on where they are from. I hope you never make a mistake! I was there and saw the scene just momments after and I know that anyone involved will never be the same. Have a little compassion and respect for friends and family of all involved!!!!!
Driver beware
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May 30, 2012
These two need to be ticketed just like the driver of an automobile would have been ticketed had the driver been in the wrong. It is only because of the turning traffic and other cars that this was a clear cut fault of the pedestrians. If there had been any doubt, the Cobb County police would have ticketed the driver.

If you know any other police from other jurisdictions, then you will know that the Cobb PD is quick to side with the pedestrian. Hence, the reason pedestrians and bicyclists are hardly ever ticketed in Cobb.
mres9922
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May 30, 2012
They should definitely face charges. They were being stupid and reckless and put not only themselves but others in danger. There is no excuse for that and should face consequences for their actions. They are old enough to know better.
Iwitness
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May 30, 2012
I saw this thing from beginning to end as I was sitting in my car. Watched them walking on the sidewalk and began to cross the road just as the light turned green for the cars to go. The two left turn lanes got a few cars through but the kids just ignored it and kept walking like it was no big deal. The didn't rush to cross either. The turn lanes stopped for them but that outside lane had no chance of seeing them until the last minute. I remember seeing them line up with the car right before the impact just thinking does that car see them and will it stop when BOOM they go flying in the air. My heart was definitely pounding and even though it was 100% their fault, I don't think they should face charges. The mental impact it will have on them will be severe enough. I hope she pulls through her injuries and my prayers are definitely with her.
asdf8asdf
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May 30, 2012
Does anyone know of any update to the story or condition of the girl?
mtj
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May 31, 2012
yes, shes my frriend and shes on life support right now. i feel horible because i was supposed to pick her up but was running late.
Iwitness2
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June 01, 2012
Please keep us posted as to her recovery, I was there and have been haunted by this day and night. God speed to family and friends.
informed aquaintance
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December 23, 2012
She passed away yesterday due to complications. Pleas keep the family in your prayers.
Mici2
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May 29, 2012
WOW! Charges are pending for crossing against a red crosswalk signal? Are you kidding me? We could end taxes and pay for 100% of Marietta's financial needs by ticketing the idiots who jaywalk 10 feet away from a crosswalk. Here's an idea Cobb and Marietta police departments - issue tickets to violators BEFORE someone gets hit and the driver's life is ruined. Seriously - I could issue 5-10 a day myself.

Sad for both the boys AND the driver and truly hoping for speedy recovery!
accountability?
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May 30, 2012
To Mici2: You are obviously not familiar with this incredibly busy intersection at Johnson Ferry and Shallowford. Now throw in 5:30 pm on Memorial Day and the volume of traffic was thick. I happened to drive by shortly after the 'accident' and the driver of the car that hit the 2 daredevils was inconsolable.

These weren't 2 'boys' that were hit. It was a girl (reports say 16 and/or 17) and a boy, age 19. You've got to be kidding me. That is an age that is more then responsible and to know to obey basic traffic laws. Now you have an elderly woman who is devastated and will remember the thud and the impact for the rest of her life.

They were the ones who made the idiotic decision to bolt into traffic when their signal was a red light and a 'Do Not Walk' sign. Personal responsibility...you should try it some time.
Marietta Resident
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May 30, 2012
My next door neighbor was a witness and was at the traffic light and saw it all. As the kids darted across the street they were joking around and laughing at the cars honking at them. There is a saying….Play with fire and you might get burned! I don’t wish their ill fate on anyone…especially being a parent I feel for their families but sometimes you pay the price for your stupid decision. I support charges because it is a miracle NO ONE else was hurt as a result of their jay walking prank!!!
Davida T
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May 29, 2012
I don't agree that these two need to be charged with anything unless they were being deliberately reckless. Not too long ago you would have never heard of charges being brought against someone who was injured in an event like this. I hope a little common sense will prevail and those in charge will accept that the pain and suffering of those involved is punishment enough.
Just Wait
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May 30, 2012
Don't you think walking into traffic against the light is "deliberately reckless?"
Davida T
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May 30, 2012
@ Just Wait: "Don't you think walking into traffic against the light is "deliberately reckless?""

No, not necessarily. It will all depend on the circumstances at the time. If they were darting in and amongst passing vehicles in an attempt to cross, then perhaps it was reckless. If traffic was light or appeared to be clear but they were mistaken in their determination that it was safe to cross, then it may not be reckless; just a lack of good judgment by young adults, common to many. I think the injuries sustained are likely punishment enough.
Just Wait
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May 30, 2012
@ Davida T...See above.
Bob Bummer
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May 29, 2012
They should be prosecuted to the fullest. If you do the crime you should do the time. They made a mistake and need to admit their mistake and be punished for it.
don't judge
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May 29, 2012
can't be sure if it is the same person, but it's a unique name so chances are good that it is, but Austin Leake was once featured on CNN when he was 12 yrs old (5 years ago, so the math works also). He was working toward his second degree blackbelt and was a straight A student at the time.

instead of judging at the first chance you get because two people were walking instead of in a car, perhaps just express sympathy for the injured and the families of those injured. If they did something wrong in this case I am sure the police will address it in time
East Cobb Resident
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May 29, 2012
Wow surprising that tow teenagers in that area did not have their own BMW to drive. They must not have been use to walking to get somewhere.
Ali50
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May 29, 2012
Two(that's the way it is spelled)people are hit by a car and East Cobb Resident makes a snide comment? Charming. Put your envy away and learn how to spell. And the expression is "used to". Geez!
Kyle H.
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May 29, 2012
Not everyone has money in east cobb. IImagine if that was your kid, be respectful. And to my friend Dee I hope you recover quickly :) and stay strong!
East Cobb Resident 2
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May 29, 2012
Lol, of course they didn't have BMW's. One is from Decatur and probably a poor wanna be gangster. And the other one is from Marietta and is probably a poor wanna be gangster also. They shouldn't have been stupid and crossed a street where there wasn't a crosswalk. I don't care what people have to say about my comment either. I'll go laugh it off while I drive around in my BMW haha.
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