Lilburn man charged in hit-and-run that killed Gwinnett pedestrian

Hakeem Dure Temple (Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office)

Hakeem Dure Temple (Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office)

An arrest has been made in the hit-and-run crash that killed a Gwinnett pedestrian Tuesday night.

Gwinnett County police confirmed Hakeem Dure Temple’s Saturday night arrest was in connection with the crash that killed 28-year-old Amber Harding on South Norcross Tucker Road, but could not provide information about how he was identified or apprehended. In the days following the crash, authorities released a detailed description of the gold Honda that hit Harding.

A police spokesman also could not provide further insight Sunday into why the charges filed against Temple included felony vehicular homicide — despite previous assertions that Harding was crossing the road illegally. Under Georgia law, a defendant is guilty of first-degree vehicular homicide when he or she “causes an accident” that kills someone and flees the scene.

“Both share some responsibility in the outcome of this incident,” Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said earlier in the week. “But the driver of the vehicle has an obligation to stay and render aid no matter the fault.”

According to information released Wednesday, Harding was walking against a “don’t walk” sign Tuesday night while attempting to cross South Norcross Tucker Road near Graves Road. At the same time, the Honda now believed driven by Temple passed through a yellow light and struck her.

Harding died, and the vehicle drove off.

In addition to vehicular homicide, Temple is charged with hit-and-run, also a felony. Gwinnett County jail records show the Lilburn resident is being held without bond.