Jurors returned the verdicts late Thursday night against 44-year-old Gatha Dyer.
incident happened on April 1, 2013 on Boulder Park Drive near the
intersection of Brownlee Road in southwest Atlanta.
The victim was
walking in the area with several other young children who had already
crossed the street. As Williams attempted to cross, the defendant
came speeding through the area behind the wheel of 1997 Mitsubishi
Eclipse and hit the child. The force of the impact sent the child
airborne 53 feet before crashing onto the windshield of the car and then
landing on the ground.
Williams was pronounced dead on the scene. After hitting the child, Dyer slowed briefly and then sped away. The passenger in his car testified at trial that he urged the defendant to stop but he refused because he had ‘been drinking.’
Someone who witnessed the crash followed the defendant’s car
long enough to capture his license plate and contact police. Dyer was
tracked to his home in Clayton County and arrested.
had three prior DUI convictions, was on probation for a 2010 DUI from
Cobb County at the time of the hit and run.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, May 12, 2014 by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk who presided over the case. The maximum possible sentence is 15 years.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Senior District Attorney Lance Cross with assistance from Senior ADA Ramona Toole and DA Investigator Terence Wise. Officer M. Sutton of the Atlanta Police Department’s Hit and Run Unit led the initial investigation.