Life of PTC resident claimed in hit and run

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Update – Sept. 14: Peachtree City police are reporting additional details related to the death of 17-year-old Peachtree City resident Christopher Jordan Babilonia after he was found severely injured along the roadway of Ga. Highway 74 South just before 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. He was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Department spokesperson Odilia Bergh said it is currently believed that Babilonia was initially involved in a golf cart accident near the entrance to the path tunnel on the east side of Hwy. 74 near Willow Road.

Investigators believe Babilonia sustained injuries when the cart struck the tunnel’s retaining wall, Bergh said.

“We don’t know how he ended up in (a southbound lane) of the highway,” Bergh said. “His injuries were consistent with being hit by a vehicle.”

The tunnel crosses under Hwy. 74 just north of the intersection with Paschall Road/Willow Road. A Peachtree City fire station is situated one block from where the path connects to the tunnel on the west side of the highway.

Bergh also noted that Babilonia attends a Fayette County school, though he did not attend McIntosh High School.

Original story: A fatal hit and run collision claimed the life of a 17-year-old Peachtree City male on Sept. 13 just before 11:30 p.m. along Ga. Highway 74 South near Paschall Road in Peachtree City. Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesperson Odilia Bergh said 17-year-old Christopher Jordan Babilonia was in the southbound lanes when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.

Bergh said officers at 11:23 p.m. received a call about a person in the roadway. Officers arrived, finding Babilonia lying in the roadway, with injuries consistent with having been struck by a vehicle.

He had suffered massive trauma, showing minor signs of life, and was transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter, Bergh said.

Bergh said there were no witnesses or vehicles involved in the incident at the scene. The hit and run is under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Peachtree City Police Department at 770-487-8866, or anonymously at www.tiposubmit.com and select “Peachtree.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. If he had an accident going into the cart tunnel he may have been injured and tried to cross 74 to get to the fire station for medical attention. Unfortunately he was struck, but you have to wonder about the character of a person who would hit someone and just leave.