A State Representative has been indicted by the authorities in connection with a hit-and-run incident that took place last year. The Georgia lawmaker indicted in the case is State Rep. Trey Kelley, the majority whip in the house, who has been under the spotlight for his role in the incident. On Thursday, December 10, Kelley was indicted on a single charge of reckless misconduct.
The incident in which he has been indicted occurred on September 11, 2019. Ralph Ryan Dover III was traveling along the North Main Street in Cedartown in his SUV. As Dover drove along the street, he collided with a bicycle.
Dover didn’t stop at the scene, report the incident or call for help. Instead, he drove away from the scene of the accident. He then contacted Rep. Kelley who is a personal friend of Dover. Rep. Kelley contacted Jamie Newsome, the Cedartown Police Chief. Kelley contacted the police chief at his home. The chief then sent one of the officers to investigate the crash site.
The officer who reached the site of the incident didn’t know that someone may have been injured in the crash. It was only when the officer reached the site that he found the bicyclist, critically injured, lying in a ditch by the roadside. The bicyclist was identified as Eric Keais. He later died from his injuries.
Authorities have since conducted a thorough investigation of the case. Dover and his friend, Rep Kelly, maintain that Dover wasn’t aware he had hit the bicyclist. The Polk County Coroner, after completing its investigations, deemed the incident ‘homicide by vehicle.’
Dover had now been charged with felony hit-and-run and reckless conduct. Rep. Kelly also faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct for failure to call for help in time. The case is due to proceed to the Polk County Superior Court now.
If you or your loved ones are injured in any sort of motor vehicle accident, contact a Georgia car accident attorney right away.