The suspect wanted in the Sunday, April 22, hit-and-run that killed a man from El Salvador turned himself in to the Hall County Jail around 5 p.m. Friday, April 27.
Cesar Daniel Villalobos, 26, of Gainesville, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, according to Gainesville Police. More charges are expected, Sgt. Kevin Holbrook reported.
Edwin Omar Velasquez-Galeas, 25, was killed when a vehicle struck him in the area of 1750 Atlanta Highway. Officers were dispatched around 11:45 p.m. Sunday after a passerby found the man and called police.
“Crash investigators obtained information with the public’s assistance that ultimately led them to seek warrants in the case,” Holbrook wrote in a news release.
Attorney Arturo Corso said Villalobos turned himself in after hiring an attorney, adding he would be fully cooperating with authorities.
Corso said it was dark and raining heavily when Villalobos was driving home from a family dinner.
Villalobos’ attorney claimed Velasquez “suddenly ran out into the road in front of him.”
“With his daughter screaming, he stopped and got out but could not see Mr. Velasquez anywhere,” Corso said in a statement. “The child was trying to get out of the car and was crying hysterically. Out of panic, he got back in the car and drove home, getting his daughter to safety.”
Corso said they would prove in court his client was not driving under the influence.
“Mr. Villalobos sends his prayers to Mr. Velasquez’s family,” Coros said.
Compiled by Shannon Casas and Nick Watson