SAVANNAH, GA (September 25, 2013): A Savannah man remains hospitalized after leaving the scene of two accidents with two young children in his car and arriving at a hospital for treatment hours later Tuesday night..
Eric Jerrod Morgan, 30, of the 900 block of East 37th Street, has been charged with two counts of hit and run, driving under the influence, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident and first degree child endangerment for failing to obtain medical treatment for his injured child.
Southside Precinct Patrol officers responded to a crash with injuries at White Bluff and Lee Boulevard about 6:15 p.m. to find a white 2004 Impala that had crashed into a tree.
All occupants of the car had left the scene and witnesses said they had been picked up by a second car. Blood was found in the back seat and the steering wheel was broken.
The car was identified as one that had sped away from an earlier crash scene at White Bluff and Stephenson Avenue. The driver of the pickup the Impala had struck in that crash said the other driver had approached him with alcohol on his breath but sped away after being advised that police were being called.
Police were advised that a 6-year-old girl had been a passenger in the Impala about the time the child’s mother, owner of the car, arrived on scene. They demanded that the child be produced to determine the extent of her injuries and the child was returned several hours later with a cut in her mouth and missing a tooth.
She was taken to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment and examination. She told police she was not using a seat belt or otherwise restrained at the time of the crash.
The driver of the car arrived at the hospital three hours later complaining of injuries from the crash. About 45 minutes later, a second child, age 3, arrived for treatment if injuries as well.
Officers of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Traffic Unit are continuing to investigate.