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Hit-and-Run Suspect Arrested

Tabitha Paige, 18, has been arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run by the Douglasville Police Department in connection to a hit-and-run death that occurred Saturday, Sept. 14, according to Police Chief Chris Womack.

Tips from citizens led to the arrest of Paige, at approximately 3 a.m. today, who is now cooperating with authorities. She is currently in the Douglas County jail and will have her first bond appearance on Monday.

Gary Latimer, 41, of Douglasville and Villa Rica, had bonded out of Douglasville Police custody was walking away from the safety complex when a vehicle hit him. Latimer was admitted to Grady Memorial Hospital, and placed in the intensive care unit until Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel pronounced him dead at 1:03 p.m. Tuesday.

The police were asking residents to be on the lookout for a Maroon 1997-1998 Buick Regal or Century, with a broken passenger side mirror and passenger side or front end damage. 

The Douglasville Police Department is in possession of the vehicle, which was found hidden in Heflin, AL., Womack said. "We have the car, which led to the physical evidence we needed to arrest her."

Womack said that Paige's arrest is part of an on-going investigation that may lead to additional accessory arrests. "More than one person who is involved has been cooperating," Womack said. 

"The family of the victim is doing as good as they can be under the circumstances, considering they lost a loved one," he said. "This may bring them a bit of closure. This is a tragic event but because of the assistance of citizens and the cooperation between the Sheriff's Office and the Police Department, we were able to do the job we needed to do."

The Douglasville Police Department will be paying out the $5,000 reward that was offered Womack said, "but I don't think that was a factor in the person coming forward. I just think they wanted to do the right thing."

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$5,000 Reward Offered for Hit-and-Run Vehicle Information

Hit-and-Run Vehicle Sought by Police
Pam Scoggins September 21, 2013 at 01:22 PM
glad they caught her, maybe she should have been truthful from the start, instead she hides car?? thank god for the person that is helping the police(probably trying to save their skin), but at least the family of the victim can have some kind of closure, will keep them in my prayers.
Julie Camp September 21, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Poor kid, I'm sure she was scared silly.
Helen E September 21, 2013 at 04:48 PM
"Poor kid, I'm sure she was scared silly." My how this website stereotypes! If it had been a foreign name and a minority unshaven guy, people would have been screaming about those danged illegals! Send 'em home!!...even if the person was an American citizen. But because it's a blonde white female...well she was scared just silly!! I do declare!! She was just probably going home from the cotillion and she just got all flustered! Oh dear! What can I do?? She NEVER thought of the human being she just hit. She never bothered to get help. She ran and hid. Despicable. There is NOTHING silly about being so out of control that you hit a person and don't even bother to see if they are all right! Had she been underage drinking, drugs? Who was with her...what the hell is wrong with her? I have absolutely no empathy for anyone who hits and runs. None. And the only reason she is cooperating now is that she was CAUGHT! Being blonde white and female does NOT make her a sympathetic person. I have more sympathy for the family of the man who was killed in the road and left to die! Think how terrified he must have been!
Helen E September 21, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Pam. There is no closure. None. My husband was killed four years ago by some idiots on crystal meth. I will never recover. Seeing your husband bloody and dead? Nah...that doesn't go away... ever.
Julie Camp September 21, 2013 at 05:28 PM
OH, it's not the grown man's fault. He didn't know better than to get blind drunk and walk out into a 4 lane highway in the middle of the night. No one ever takes responsibility for their actions any more, so let's blame some kid that panicked. She's scarred for life because HE chose to get blind drunk
Pam Scoggins September 22, 2013 at 07:37 AM
@Julie, if you had read the story, the man was pronouced dead at 1:03 pm(around lunch time) not in the middle of the night, and also had just left the safety building, so I doubt the police would have let a person that was maybe intoxicated out... And I didnt read anywhere that it stated he was drunk??? So to me it doesnt matter what the man was doing, she still hit someone and took off.
Jolene Dabney September 22, 2013 at 08:43 AM
I personally know the family and on their behalf, all u ppl need to stop fussing back and forth about what happened. A human being was killed and no matter what the circumstances, we all need to have the family family in our thoughts and prayers. And justice to those responsible, will prevail. May god let tommy rest in peace and may god be with the family family
Julie Camp September 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Pam, he was at Grady Hospital in intensive care when pronounced dead. Another article said the accident happened after 10 pm the night before. I heard the ruckus at my home the night before. Would she have been charged with anything had she not left the scene, probably not. She panicked because she's young and was scared. I'm not saying what she did was right, I just feel it's not her fault what happened. I nearly hit a woman in the day time in that same spot not long ago. She walked right out in front of me. I had to lock down my vehicle and skidded to a stop. Scared me half to death.
Rendi Ann Dailey Griffith September 22, 2013 at 05:45 PM
from my point of view DC should take responsibility cause no one should be released from jail 52 mins after being arrested for public intoxication. if it wasnt for that none of this probably woulda have happened. but no two lived ones are taken away from their families. But since it did happen she should take responsibility for the crime she comitted. Yall sure don't think poor white girl when yall see them on the arrest papers every tuesday. hmmmm something to think about huh???

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