A man and woman wanted in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left an 18-year-old Macon boxer seriously injured were jailed Tuesday.
Golden Gloves boxer Maliek Montgomery, who’d been out jogging, suffered a broken jaw and other injuries when a 2007 Nissan Versa struck him at the intersection of Brookdale and Grand avenues on the evening of July 31, according to a Bibb County sheriff’s incident report.
It happened about 7:15 p.m. that day. A witness said the car that hit Montgomery hesitated before heading toward nearby Napier Avenue.
In the days after the episode, Montgomery’s family and friends tried to track down the culprit. According to the report, the family recently reached one of the suspects, Zachery D. Guyton, by phone.
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During the call, Guyton, 20, “stated numerous times that he did not want the police involved and that he was sorry for hitting Montgomery and that it was an accident,” the report said. Guyton said the car was in Atlanta and that it was being painted black.
Late Monday, a deputy went to Guyton’s home on Ayers Road, not far from the scene of the hit-and-run. Guyton, who denied knowing about the incident, was charged with hit and run, failing to report an accident with injuries, serious injury by motor vehicle, driving without a license and tampering with evidence.
Another suspect, Jasmine L. McGregor, 24, of the same Ayers Road address as Guyton, later spoke to investigators.
According to the sheriff’s report, she said she was driving the car that struck Montgomery and that she had fallen asleep at the wheel. She said she “kept driving because she was scared and did not know what else to do,” the report said.
She said Guyton was not in the car at the time, that he didn’t know about it until she told him. McGregor said she took the car to her mother’s house in the south Georgia town of Camilla.
McGregor was charged with hit and run, failure to stop or return to the scene of an accident, and serious injury by motor vehicle.