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APD arrest one, search for other in hit and run

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  One South Georgia man is charged with vehicular homicide, and arrest warrants have been issued for another man in the January hit and run death of a disabled Albany man.

Police are still looking for another SUV that struck 66 year old Roosevelt Coley as he walked across a busy downtown Albany street. Investigators say two cars ran down Coley then sped away as he lay dying in the cross walk of West Ogelthorpe at Jefferson.

Wednesday police announced the arrest of the man driving the first car and released the name of the man they are looking for who helped cover up the crime.

Police say 33 year old Terry Roberson lives sometimes in Albany and sometimes in Sylvester, but tonight he is in the Dougherty County jail charged with vehicular homicide, and numerous other traffic charges. Investigators say an anonymous tip led them to a 1996 Buick Park Avenue that they say Roberson was driving January 16th, when he struck and killed 66 year old Roosevelt Coley, who could not hear or speak.

Albany Police Corporal Jon Segroves said, "Examining the car we were able to find parts that had been replaced on the vehicle to cover up the crime."

A mirror knocked off the car was recovered at the intersection. Police say Roberson had a suspended license and had been drinking when he ran a red light that dark rainy night, and hit Roberson, and sped away. Then a second vehicle, an SUV, also hit Coley and also kept going.

Albany Police Corporal Patrick Browner said, "The Buick knocked him down, and we don't know if it was a fatal hit, but the second vehicle also struck Mr. Coley. We are thinking both vehicles ran the red light."

Police say they have taken arrest warrants for the owner of that Buick that Roberson was driving, 36 year old Antwan Fields. He is wanted for Felony obstruction and tampering with evidence.

Browner said, "They actually attempted to repair the vehicle, to cover up the homicide."

Police say their investigation continues, as they look for that SUV that also hit Coley. They don't have a description of the SUV, but hope more tips from the community will help find that second hit and run driver.

Investigators say other people besides Fields helped repair that Buick, and they are warning those folks to contact Police or they could be charged with felony crimes as well.

 If you have any information about Antwan Fields, or the hit and run SUV that struck Coley, call the Albany Police traffic unit at (229) 431-2100 or CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS.


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