A suspect in a hit-and-run that sent a homeless man to the hospital in critical condition has been identified by Oakwood police as Deboris Joshua Owens, 26, of Gainesville.
The man injured in the 7:45 a.m. Jan. 13 incident has multiple names associated with him, including Gonzalez Garcia, Solovino Morales and Marcelo Morales. He is believed to be between 26 and 30 years old and was riding a bicycle at the time of the incident.
Investigator Danny Sridej said the suspect was identified after fliers were passed out at a Gwinnett County Chevrolet collision center. Police said they believe a metallic blue 2014 Chevrolet Malibu struck the homeless man, injuring him and crushing the bicycle. Investigators determined the vehicle based on parts found at the scene of the crash.
An arrest warrant has been signed for felony hit-and-run for Owens.
Investigators are asking anyone with information that can confirm the identity of the victim to call Oakwood police at 770-534-2364 or his or her local law enforcement.
Sridej said the victim was still in the intensive care unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after undergoing multiple surgeries. The doctors have removed the victim from ventilators, and he was able to communicate with investigators.
“His condition is improving as far his speaking ability, but he can’t move. He has a halo on his head to stabilize his spine and neck,” Sridej said.
Sridej has learned the victim is originally from Honduras and was told he has family in Tennessee, although a specific city is unknown.