A LaGrange man is behind bars for the hit and run collision that killed an elderly man walking on Pyne Road Friday night.
Scott Eli Sparks was taken into custody by the Georgia State Patrol Tuesday morning after Troopers were able to identify him as a suspect in the fatal collision.
The victim, George Allen, age 78, was killed late Friday night about 8:50 p.m. while walking along the shoulder of Pyne Road.
Sparks, age 31, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with Reckless Driving, Vehicular Homicide, Hit & Run, Driving Too Fast for Conditions, Duty to Report Accident with Injury, Death, or Property Damage, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. He was brought into custody shortly before a press conference on Tuesday.
The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Response Team was able to identify the suspect vehicle as a 2007 or 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 or 2500 after analyzing a portion of a broken headlight found at the scene.
A be-on-the-lookout warning was issued for the vehicle and a description of the suspect vehicle was released and eventually the Troup County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about a damaged vehicle that matched the description.
State Troopers then responded to the residence where the vehicle was located and were able to verify damage consistent with the crash. After speaking to the owner of the vehicle, Troopers took his son, Sparks, into custody for the Hit & Run.
Sparks was officially charged later that day and is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.
The arrest gives some closure to Allen’s family, who initially had to worry if the driver who left him for dead on the side of the road would ever be brought to justice. Though this sadly will not bring him back, the family can now begin a normal grieving process. Allen’s children and wife were actually waiting at the local state patrol post for a press conference to ask for help in identifying a suspect when Sergeant Maurice Raines arrived and was able to deliver the good news that they had Sparks in custody.