Gwinnett man sentenced for DUI hit-and-run that killed man in DeKalb

11:29 a.m. Friday, April 7, 2017 DeKalb County
DeKalb County jail
Girish Kanparia

The victim lay near the bleak intersection of Pleasantdale and Best Friend roads in DeKalb County, blood escaping, flesh missing. A pick-up truck approached. The people inside were strangers, who saw that 40-year-old Steve McLean needed help.

But they saw too late. The truck accidentally drove over his leg.

About the same time McLean was dying in an ambulance, police just over the Gwinnett County line found Girish Kanparia’s Honda CRV. It was stuck on the railroad tracks off Buford Highway.

The Honda had a dented hood, smeared with blood and flesh, and a shattered windshield, police reported. The driver appeared drunk.

Two and a half years later, Kanparia, who had moved from Gwinnett to Alabama after the wreck, is headed to prison. He pleaded guilty this week to vehicular homicide, DUI and hit and run McLean’s Dec. 28, 2014, death, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office confirmed in a statement detailing the case.

Judge Courtney L. Johnson sentenced him to 15 years. The first six are to be in prison.

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