A Lula woman faces seven charges, including leaving the scene of an accident, after a jogger was struck in Clermont last week, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Authorities said they believe Kathryn Helen Askew, 35, struck jogger Teresa Christine Little, 52, of Lula while driving a 1999 Honda Civic on Belton Bridge Road east of Holly Springs Road, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper 1st Class Matthew Thompson.
Little suffered a gash to her right arm, a cut to her forehead and a cut to the backs of both her legs that required medical treatment, according to warrants.
Askew was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol on Wednesday night and booked into the Hall County Jail in connection with the Aug. 6 incident.
She is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report the accident, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and having an expired tag.
Askew was driving west and Little was jogging west against traffic before Askew’s vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and onto the shoulder before striking Little with its side, according to the Georgia State Patrol incident report.
Authorities pieced together information from staff members at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where Askew’s niece received treatment for injuries.
Gainesville Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said “good, old-fashioned police work” allowed Gainesville Police Investigator Brad Raper to realize Askew was a suspect in a hit-and-run.
Askew’s niece told Raper she and Askew were on Belton Bridge Road the day of the crash and the car struck a jogging woman. Raper then informed Thompson.
Raper also got in touch with Askew and located the vehicle that had been driven to the hospital, according to the state patrol. The left-side mirror was missing, the windshield had been replaced and there was blood on the sun visor, according to the crash report. The state patrol placed a hold on the vehicle to do more forensic testing.
Askew said she didn’t know anything about that wreck, according to the state patrol, and said she had struck a deer a couple weeks back and not reported it.
Askew said she had the windshield replaced by someone who was friends with the man who keeps her dog, according to Thompson, but she was unable to provide a name.
Thompson obtained a search warrant Tuesday for the vehicle at Patterson wrecker service, according to the crash report. The trooper said he found a receipt for a new windshield installed by New York Auto Glass on Ga. 13 on Aug. 7. GSP contacted the owner, who identified Askew as the woman who drove the vehicle to his shop for the windshield replacement.
Thompson noted spots of what was believed to be blood on the windshield and swabbed for DNA evidence.