UPDATE: Ellis St. hit-and-run suspect in jail

Richmond County deputies searching for hit-and-run driver

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - UPDATE:  A hit-and-run suspect in Richmond County is now behind bars. Deputies arrested Melvin Turner on Sunday.  He's charged with leaving the scene of an accident and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Deputies say the girl was trying to cross the street when she was hit. She was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. While the little girl was able to escape with her life, some are saying this could have very well turned into a different outcome. "You guys better pay attention to your children because these people don't care," says O'Neal.

"It was like 3 fire trucks, 8 police cars all flashing all the way down Ellis street," says Charniqua O'Neal. Many people living in this community are still in disbelief.  "That's just cruel. You could have at least stopped and checked on the child to see if she's alright," says Trey Hamilton.

The Sheriff's Department says Melvin Turner was driving a white Chevrolet Tracker on Ellis Street and hit a five-year-old girl who was trying to cross the street.

For Trey Hamilton who's a parent and sees kids playing on this street all the time, it hits close to home. "I don't know how to react to it because it could have easily been one of our kids," says Hamilton. "You can be asleep. 2 or 3 in the morning you can hear people flying up and down the street. It's never changing."

FOX 54 has been told Speeding played a factor in this accident.

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