Driver accused of hitting 89-year-old Brookhaven woman, leaving scene

Brookhaven police are investigating a hit-and-run that took place Thursday.
Brookhaven police are investigating a hit-and-run that took place Thursday.

Credit: AJC File

Credit: AJC File

A Brookhaven woman accused of being under the influence was arrested Thursday after police said she drove onto a sidewalk, struck an 89-year-old woman and then fled the scene.

The incident occurred about 6 p.m. outside the Atler at Brookhaven Apartment homes on Peachtree Road, authorities said.

According to police, 53-year-old Patricia Warrington Long drove onto the sidewalk as she pulled out of the apartment complex, hitting the pedestrian.

The victim, identified Friday as Sima Pevzner, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, Brookhaven police spokesman Sgt. David Snively said. She is expected to survive.

“Ms. Long failed to stop at the scene of the crash, failed to render aid, failed to contact emergency medical services or law enforcement, and instead fled from the scene,” he said.

Bystanders who witnessed the crash were able to provide police with a description of Long and her Toyota Camry.

Long, who has been arrested on DUI charges in the past, was located a short time later and taken into custody.

She was charged with felony hit-and-run, serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while declared to be a habitual violator, driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to maintain lane and obstruction of a police officer, records show.

Long remains held at the DeKalb County Jail without bond.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Brookhaven police at 404-637-0748.

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