Bond denied for suspect in hit-and-run that killed boy, 4

Bond was denied Monday for the man believed to be responsible for the hit-and-run that killed a 4-year-old Cobb County boy Saturday night.

Jerry L. Guy, 47, of Marietta was arrested after a woman tipped police off on his location. At Monday morning's first appearance hearing at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, a magistrate ordered Guy held until a bond hearing in Superior Court at a later date.

The boy was crossing Austell Road near Marietta with his family at 9:30 p.m. Saturday when he was struck by a van owned by Guy, Officer Joseph Hernandez said.

The boy's 29-year-old mother, Raquel L. Nelson, and his 2-year-old sister also were hit, but not his 9-year-old sister. The accident happened near Austell Circle as the family tried to get to the Somerpoint Apartments.

The boy was rushed to Cobb WellStar Hospital, where he later died. Nelson and her 2-year-old daughter were treated at the hospital and released.

The family had just gotten off a bus, Hernandez said. The family had reached the center median and was crossing the westbound lanes when the collision happened, Hernandez said.

Witnesses told police the van that hit the family left the scene, Hernandez said.

The unidentified woman made the call Sunday morning. She told police she believed a male acquaintance was involved in the hit and run.

Police arrived at the QuikTrip on Barrett Parkway and detained Guy. A blue 1984 Chevrolet Sportvan was located at his home.

Guy has been charged with hit and run, first-degree vehicular homicide, cruelty to children and other charges.

According to the state Department of Corrections Web site, Guy served a year  in prison in the late 1990s for unspecified traffic violations in Cobb County.

Staff writer Mike Morris contributed to this article.