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Teen charged in deadly Douglasville hit-and-run

Posted: Updated: Sep 23, 2013 06:44 PM
Hit-and-run victim Gary Latimer Hit-and-run victim Gary Latimer
Hit-and-run suspect Tabitha Anna Paige Hit-and-run suspect Tabitha Anna Paige

A Villa Rica teenager charged with causing the felony hit-and-run crash that killed Gary Latimer will remain in jail. On Monday, Tabitha Anna Paige attended a hearing in Douglas County, where the judge denied her bond.

Douglasville police arrested Paige on Saturday, about four days after she allegedly struck Latimer and drove away from the scene. Police say the crash happened while Latimer, 41, was crossing Fairburn Road, near Interstate 20, in front of the city jail.

Douglasville police arrested Latimer after they were called to the home of Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons about an hour before the accident. Persons reportedly told officers that a disoriented Latimer had wandered in his neighborhood and approached the mayor's house.

Records show Latimer was taken into custody at 9:25 p.m. and bonded out of jail at 10:12 p.m. The 911 call reporting Latimer had been hit came in at 10:16 p.m. -- only 52 minutes had passed since his arrest.

Police say Paige fled the scene and her family took her damaged car to Heflin, Ala., for repairs. Police Chief Chris Womack says a tipster alerted police to Paige's alleged involvement, which led to officers arresting her Saturday morning.

At Monday's hearing, Paige struggled to hold back her tears; expressing her remorse even though the judge repeatedly told her she had the right to remain silent. She said she went back to the scene of the accident and saw medics working on the victim, so she left.

"I didn't know the man had been as seriously injured as he was. I wasn't watching the news; I didn't know any of that until just days ago," Paige said.

Paige said that she was under a great deal of stress because her mother has cancer.

Latimer's family was joined by their attorney at the hearing.

The hit-and-run happened on September 14. Days later, Latimer's family made the decision to remove him from life support.

While FOX 5 was initially told that Latimer was arrested for public intoxication, toxicology results showed that there was no alcohol in his system that evening. Douglas County Coroner Dr. Randy Daniel said that Latimer was bipolar and schizophrenic.

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