GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Police have released new details in a pedestrian accident that left a 16-year-old girl dead at an apartment complex in Snellville.
Police said Harris appeared to have been knocked to the ground by the impact and the car came to a rest on top of her.
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Police said the driver, Tami Jackson-Hunter, was at the complex to drop off her dogs with a pet sitter.
Jackson-Hunter told police that as she pulled into a parking space she felt a “bump” but didn’t see anyone.
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By coincidence, Jackson-Hunter’s wife April was on her bus route in the same complex when she saw her wife’s car behind the bus, the women told police.
April Jackson-Hunter said her wife drove around the bus and she saw an umbrella in the street and realized she’d hit someone.
Harris’s family told Channel 2 they don’t buy that account.
“I mean, how can you pull into a parking spot and take a life like that? You have to be speeding. That’s the only thing I can think of,” said Vern Wood, Harris’ grandmother.
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“April stated that she ran off of the bus shouting to Tami that she had struck someone, and they were trapped under the car and not to move the car,” police said in the report. “April stated that she then ran back to her bus and notified her dispatcher of the incident and requested help.”
Harris’ family told Channel 2 Action News that she was the oldest of six siblings and was on her way to her first ROTC inspection. She was wearing her uniform when she was killed.
The crash is still under investigation. It’s unclear if Tami Jackson-Hunter is facing any charges, but so far, none have been filed.
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