Man arrested in hit-and-run that injured 15-year-old girl in Cherokee County

Credit: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

A man accused of striking a 15-year-old girl with a white box truck and leaving the scene in Cherokee County was arrested Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Adrian Perez Luis, 27, of Forest Park, is charged with felony hit-and-run, serious injury by vehicle and distracted driving. He was arrested at A Garcia Produce and Trucking, where he works, Cherokee sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said. The business is cooperating with the investigation, Baker added.

The victim was struck around 3:15 p.m. Monday while trying to cross Bells Ferry Road south of Ga. 92 and was taken to a local hospital before being flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital in serious condition. A resulting investigation shut down the busy road for nearly two hours Monday.

“Investigators believe Luis was entering information into a GPS on his phone at the time of the collision,” Baker said.

An update on the girl’s condition was not available Tuesday.

After speaking with witnesses and viewing traffic camera footage, investigators said they were confident the large white box truck was involved, the sheriff’s office said.

Luis is being held in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with a $17,580 bond.

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