Driver indicted in hit-and-run crash that seriously injured Cobb boy

Eesah Johnson came out of a coma Tuesday after being seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in Cobb County on May 6, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A Cobb County grand jury has indicted a man several months after a hit-and-run crash seriously injured a child near an elementary school.

Lazaro Rodriguez of Lithia Springs was indicted on one count of hit and run stemming from the May 6 collision near LaBelle Elementary School.

According to Cobb police, 8-year-old Eesah Johnson was crossing Olive Springs Road at Cerice Circle in Marietta when a vehicle traveling southbound struck him. The vehicle, a black 2007 BMW X3 driven by Rodriguez, fled the scene without stopping, Cobb police previously said.

Eesah was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with life-threatening injuries. Eesah, who was a second-grader at LaBelle Elementary, was placed on life support and suffered several broken bones and injuries to his head.

A GoFundMe page created to help Eesah's family raised a little more than $11,000.

Lazaro Rodriguez

Lazaro, who was 59 at the time of his arrest, turned himself in and was charged with hit-and-run resulting in serious injury. He was released from the Cobb County Jail one day later on a $25,000 bond.


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