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Shock as Ga. lawmaker, police chief’s response to wreck under review
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Feb 12, 2020 10:55pm|
|News Date||Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Eric Keais spent most of the last moments of his life gravely injured in a ditch. |
The 38-year-old house painter had been riding a bicycle when he was hit by an SUV in Cedartown, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta. Instead of calling 911, the driver left the scene and called his friend, state Rep. Trey Kelley, according to police documents. Instead of calling 911, Kelley, who works as a lawyer, called the Cedartown police chief, who also didn’t call 911, records show.
All three men have said they initially thought the SUV had struck an animal, not a person. The driver and Kelley said they looked around the scene and didn’t see Keais in the ditch, which was thick with brush.
When a police sergeant found Keais and called for an ambulance — more than an hour after the crash — Keais was still alive. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Sept. 11, 2019, wreck and its aftermath has been investigated by the Georgia State Patrol and is now under review by the office of Polk County District Attorney Jack Browning.
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