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Badge and Bar: Hit-and-run suspects vehicle described; victim in fair condition
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Georgia State Patrol gave further information on the vehicle suspected in a hit and run with a pedestrian June 25 on Clarks Bridge Road.

GSP Sgt. Anthony Coleman said the vehicle is believed to be a 2006-2010 Ford Explorer that struck Clyde Herman Smith, 64, between Kids Way and Pine Valley Road.

“We got that from evidence we recovered at the scene,” Coleman said.

Smith was still in the intensive care unit of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Wednesday night but was listed in fair condition, according to hospital officials. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

“There’s a quite a bit that they could be charged with if we find them,” Coleman said, including leaving the scene, serious injury by vehicle and failure to render aid.

Anyone with information about the accident or the vehicle is asked to call the state patrol at 770-535-6922.

Prosecutors file to enter evidence in other alleged attacks on homeless

After the judge ruled to try a homeless man’s alleged assaults separately, the district attorney filed a motion to bring evidence of multiple attacks up at trial.

David William Keener, 50, was indicted on charges of felony murder and aggravated battery. Keener expressed in previous court records that he was defending himself and sought immunity from the charges brought.

According to court records, Keener is accused by Gainesville Police of attacking Steven Yearwood at a homeless encampment where Keener was living.

“The victim did not (receive) medical treatment after the assault but rather had his ear sewn up with a sewing needle by (Keener),” according to court records.

The motion from the Hall County District Attorney’s Office wishes to include evidence from two other cases where Keener was charged by police. According to the motion, the evidence includes assaults near homeless encampments where both victims were intoxicated.

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