2 dead, 2 in custody after hit-and-run

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LILBURN, Ga. - A woman and child were killed Thursday night in a hit-and-run crash in Lilburn.

Channel 2's Wendy Corona talked to a witness who saw the driver swerve off the road and slammed into them on the sidewalk.

Police said they caught the driver on Rockbridge Road. Investigators told Corona eyewitness accounts aided their quick response.

"They were on the sidewalk and he went off the road and hit them," said eyewitness Ariana, who did not give her last name.

Lilburn police said the driver of a pickup truck was traveling south on Lawrenceville Highway just south of Harbins Road when it veered off the road.

"The vehicle was driving on the sidewalk and struck the two pedestrians who were walking on the sidewalk," said Capt. Thomas Bardugon of the Lilburn Police Department.

The victims, a woman and little girl about 10-years-old, died on the grassy area in front of Calvary Baptist Church.

"The info right now is the vehicle was trying to pass another vehicle and getting back into its lane may have overcorrected," Bardugon said.

Police said four eyewitnesses were key in the quick police response. Initially a hit-and-run call, police said within three minutes they caught up with the driver of the pickup about a quarter mile down the highway.

The driver, described as a man in his 40s, and his passenger, a female in her mid-20s, were taken to Lilburn police headquarters. As for the victims, police are still working to determine their identities.

"Poor girls, they didn't deserve this. They really didn't," Ariana said.

Police said they will be questioning the man and woman in the pickup truck, and based on interviews and toxicology tests, they'll determine charges, which police told Corona could include first-degree vehicular manslaughter.



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