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Suspect arrested in deadly hit and run case

Gregory Charles (Source: Dougherty County Jail) Gregory Charles (Source: Dougherty County Jail)
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May 16, 2006

Albany-- Albany Police arrested a suspect-- 38-year-old Gregory Charles-- in a deadly hit and run. Thirty-three-year-old Dwayne Cutley was walking his bicycle across East Oglethorpe at Cason Street late Saturday night.

As he stood in the median, a pickup truck ran a red light, hit him and sped away. The suspected driver is no longer on the run. The man police think hit Cutley is in the Dougherty County Jail.

The Lee County Sheriff's Department tipped Albany Police that 38-year-old Gregory Charles reported hitting a deer with his vehicle. That's just one tip that led to his arrest. The other clues came from a combination of police work and family concern.

Eula Street is hugged and consoled by family and friends but it still can't bring back her son.

"I just cannot put behind me that he hit my child like he was some kind of animal and left him in the road like that," says Street.

The he she refers to is 38-year-old Gregory Charles. He was arrested Tuesday by the Albany Police Department for hit and run. "Right now I am so happy. I'm so happy to know that they found him," says Street.

This is how they found him. Police reconstructed pieces of a light found at the scene. "I was able to put back together the headlight that was left at the scene, the damaged pieces of it," says Corporal William Dowdell of the Albany Police Department.

It took teamwork of police and the victim's family to put those pieces back together.

"The family found portions of it and we in turn found other portions of it and the pieces together formed the headlight that led us to a possible suspect and later on determined this was the exact vehicle," says Corporal.

That exact vehicle is a green Ford F-150. It was hauled off by wreckers from a parking lot at the Oxford Construction Company where Charles worked. The front shows visible damage. Street says the arrest offers her closure but she hasn't forgotten.

"God says forgive. I have forgiven him but I want him to know that it still hurts because he hit him and left him there," says Street. She now stands by her 11-year-old grandson who will give her a constant reminder of her son.

"Yes I do. I see a lot of my son in him," says Street.

He's a son she won't forget. She hates the way he died but she loves what he stood for.

"They cared so much about him, his friends and relatives named him grown daddy," says Street.

Gregory Charles is now charged with leaving the scene of an accident and vehicular homicide, a felony charge that can lead to up to 20 years in prison.

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