Parents charged with hit-and-run in relation to Frank Dodson's death

Parents charged with hit-and-run in relation to Frank Dodson's death

MCDUFFIE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - FOX 54 told you on May 3, 2018, about the crash that took the life of a Columbia County investigator William Dodson, who was off-duty at the time.

He was driving his white Harley Davidson east on E. Hill Street. A black Ford Fusion was coming north from Black Street into the intersection with E. Hill Street.

The driver of the Fusion failed to yield at the intersection, causing Inv. Dodson to crash into rear driver's side of the Fusion.

The driver of the Fusion fled the scene, but Investigators located the vehicle and identified the driver. The driver was interviewed and their identity withheld because they are a juvenile.

FOX 54 has received confirmation that the parents of one of the juveniles involved in the hit-and-run, Brian Atkins, Sr. and Jacquelyn Atkins, have been charged.

According to the Superior Cout of McDuffie County, the mother, Jacquelyn Atkins, has been charged on three counts; Contributing to Delinquency of Minor(s) when knowingly, unlawfully and willingly encouraged both minors under the age of 17 years, to commit the offense of hit and run, which was the proximate cause of the death of William Frank Dodson.

Jacquelyn Atkins failed to act upon and turned a blind eye to information she learned of shortly after the fatal accident and encouraged the minor(s) not to return to the scene of the accident. Jacquelyn Atkins was also charged with the offense of Permitting Unlicensed Person to Drive when she did knowingly and unlawfully permit the Ford Fusion to be driven by one of the minors, a person not authorized to drive.

The father, Brian Atkins, Sr. was charged on one count with the offense of Tampering With Evidence when he knowingly and unlawfully destroyed, altered, concealed and disguised physical evidence: the Ford Fusion automobile and items and marks left on the automobile involved in the collision.

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