UPDATE: The victim in this case is identified as Joann Smith, 50. Next of kin has been notified.


SAVANNAH, GA (November 8, 2015): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team has charged Christian Allen, 28, in a fatal vehicular accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian on Saturday night.

The accident happened at about 8:04 p.m. on Presidents Street near Pennsylvania Avenue. Allen was driving west on Presidents Street in a 2005 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck when he struck a 50-year-old woman from behind, as she walked in the same direction.

Allen reported no injuries. The victim was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

Investigators believe texting and alcohol were factors in this accident. Allen was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and texting while driving.

This is an ongoing MAIT investigation. Investigators continue to seek the victim’s next of kin.