A man accused of a deadly hit-and-run in Smyrna is also being accused of trying to cover it up, authorities said.
Gabriel Alex Cammon, 20, of Powder Springs, faces a hit-and-run charge in connection with the death of Raul Romero Dominquez of Smyrna on Jan. 17, AJC.com previously reported. He allegedly admitted to the incident when he turned himself in five days later.
In court Wednesday, police said Cammon covered his truck with a tarp and removed a unique-looking licence plate in an attempt to avoid detection, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Dominquez was hit while trying to walk across South Cobb Drive near Church Street.
Witnesses said Cammon got out of his Chevy Silverado, panicked and drove away. A witness was also able to take a few photos of the damaged truck as it drove away, Smyrna police said.
Investigator Deanne Dane said Cammon hid the truck on an access road surrounded by industrial buildings in Douglas County after the incident.
“(He) put the truck there and took the tag off of the front of the truck and covered the truck with a tarp,” she said in court. “He stated to my sergeant that he covered it to preserve our evidence.”
Judge Gerald Moore didn’t appear to believe Cammon’s claim, saying, “He said he was preserving evidence, but that also sounds like concealment.”
Cammon’s ex-stepfather, Ben Tidwell, previously told Channel 2 that Cammon made a mistake and should have stayed to help Dominquez.
“I’m sure he was frightened,” Tidwell said.
Cammon’s bond was reduced from $200,000 to $80,000, Channel 2 reported. As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in the Cobb County Jail, according to records.
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