The car that struck a motorcycle and killed 59-year-old James Herman Collins on Sunday left the scene before officers arrived.
All that was left of the car at the intersection of Second and Pebble streets was a white front bumper that police traced to a Chevrolet Impala, said Macon police Lt. Eric Woodford.
A series of tips from the community helped police locate 19-year-old Deirdre Jackson, the car’s driver, on Monday, Woodford said.
Jackson, of Wood Street in Macon, was arrested late Monday afternoon on charges of homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident, according to a police news release.
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Woodford said someone called police about 6:30 a.m. Monday and reported a vehicle matching the description of the car from the crash that was parked suspiciously close to a house Sunday night. The caller told police she later saw someone move the car behind the house.
The tipster also told police about noises outside about 3 a.m. Monday and that someone moved the car again to an unknown location, Woodford said.
After the call, police checked to see who lived at the house where the car was first spotted. Officers found the passenger from the car, 24-year-old Jessica Nicole Gray. Gray was arrested on an outstanding State Court warrant, Woodford said.
Further investigation and more tips from the community led officers to identify Jackson as the driver of the car. They talked with her family, arranged for Jackson to meet officers at her family member’s home and ultimately questioned her, he said.
“She stated she made a mistake,” Woodford said.
Jackson admitted she pulled up to the stop sign at the intersection and looked both ways, he said.
“She said the motorcycle came out of nowhere,” Woodford said.
Jackson didn’t admit she struck Collins’ motorcycle, but she said her passenger told her to “just leave” so she drove off, he said.
During the interview, Jackson told police where to find the Chevrolet Impala. Officers found the car in the 3800 block of Mercer Street inside the garage of a vacant house, Woodford said.
Macon police have investigated 10 traffic fatalities so far this year. Of those cases, four involved a hit-and-run, he said.
Two hit-and-run cases remain unsolved.
Police still are investigating the Feb. 19 death of 67-year-old James Mobley. Mobley, of Macon, was hit by a vehicle about 8:10 p.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue.
Officers also are investigating the June 4 death of 57-year-old James Lee Leaks on Houston Avenue near Quinlan Drive. Leaks, of Cliffview Drive, was struck by a car shortly after 1 a.m.
Anyone with information about the unsolved hit-and-run cases is asked to call police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.