The hit-and-run occurred around 12:15 p.m. Saturday on the corner of Gillionville Road and Whisperwood Street.
Jecoby Hardrick Sr., 28-years-old, was driving a compact car east on Gillionville Road. Jecoby Hardrick Jr., 2-years-old, and LeRen Hardrick, 4-years-old, were also in the car whenever a sedan entered onto Gillionville Road and stopped in the central turn lane.
Hardrick tried to pass a slower moving vehicle and struck it in the rear. He then continued down Gillionville Road and turned around to pass where the crash occurred. Hardrick went back home and called his mother. She took the two children to the hospital.
The police later made contact with Hardrick and found out he was impaired. He was then asked to take a blood test, but he refused to do so. However, he was treated for his injuries.
Both children were flown to a hospital in Macon for treatment of injuries.
Jecoby Hardrick Jr. had a lacerated spleen and facial injuries, and LeRen Hardrick had a bruised lung, concussion, and facial injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was also treated for injuries.
Jecoby Hardrick Sr. was transported to the Dougherty County Jail and charged with DUI, two counts of endangering a child under 14 by DUI, two felony counts of serious injury by vehicle, hit and run with injury, failure to report an accident, failure to maintain lane, and expired vehicle registration.
According to USA Today, crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes is trending upward, from 1,274 in 2009, to 1,393 in 2010, to 1,449 in 2011.
The 13.7% increase in hit-and-run deaths over that three-year period occurred while traffic deaths overall were falling 4.5%, from 33,883 in 2009 to 32,367 in 2011.
Young drivers are more likely to flee an accident than older drivers.
Drivers are also more likely to run if they feel they have a reason. This can include high blood-alcohol content, driving without a license, or driving under the influence of a drug. To combat this, states have begun increasing hit-and-run penalties to match those associated with DWI and DUI.