As 22-year-old Dante Wilson dashed across Boggs Road on Monday night, a maroon Honda hit him. Then a Buick. Then a Mercedes.
The last two vehicles stayed at the scene, but the Honda drove off — making Wilson’s death the third fatal pedestrian hit-and-run in Gwinnett County in as many weeks. The crashes have authorities urging drivers to stay put no matter what, and reminding them they may not be at fault.
Wilson was not in a crosswalk, nor was the man killed Oct. 22 near Norcross. A female pedestrian killed Oct. 6 was crossing against a “don’t walk” sign, police said.
“Most of these drivers, in fact probably all of them, would not have faced any charges in terms of moving violations if they had just stayed on the scene,” Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
Suspects have been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in both previous cases but, as of Tuesday morning, the driver in Monday’s incident remained on the lam.
Pihera said that, at about 9:45 p.m., Wilson left the Autumn Vista apartments at 1500 Boggs Road and was attempting to get to another apartment complex across the street. The vehicle described only as a maroon Honda hit him “with the passenger side mirror” and drove off.
The two additional vehicles struck Wilson as he was in the roadway.
Anyone with information about the Honda or its driver is asked to contact Gwinnett County police at 678-442-5629. Tipsters can remain anonymous — and be eligible for rewards up to $2,000 — by contacting Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or crimestoppersatlanta.org.