SAVANNAH, GA (June 21, 2012) A 14-year-old Savannah youth has been charged with six offenses with others possibly pending after stealing a pickup truck, striking two women pedestrians and crashing into a utility pole Tuesday.
The teenager turned herself in, accompanied by her mother, after Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police began investigating the events in the area of Water Avenue and Ott and 39th streets.
She has been charged by Central Precinct detectives with theft by taking (auto), reckless conduct, driving without a license, two counts of failure to report an accident with injuries, and hit and run. She has been transferred to the Youth Detention Center. The Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is continuing to investigate because of the serious injury, and is contemplating additional traffic charges.
The teenager had entered the truck that was left in the parking lot of the Pennysaver convenience Store at Waters and 39th with keys in the ignition about 10:35 a.m. She drove to Ott Street where she swerved and struck two women talking on the side of the street, and then crashed into a utility pole.
Vickie White, 46, of the 900 block of East 39th Street, and Georgia Thomas, 68, of the 1000 block of East 38th Street, were transported to Memorial University Medical Center. Thomas was admitted for treatment of injuries described as serious. White was treated for injuries described as minor.
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