Fatal Hit and Run

Our Atlanta car accident lawyers read about a fatal hit and run accident that happened recently in Cobb County.

A locksmith, 27 year old Tansu Kanlica, was chasing after a man, 23 year old Garrett Anderson, because he did not pay his bill. Mr. Anderson called Mr. Kanlica to get into his car after he was locked out, and then drove off without paying the $175 he owed for the locksmith service. Mr. Kanlica was racing his work van to catch up to him when he lost control on Barrett Lakes Boulevard in Kennesaw; the silver 2004 Nissan 350z van hit a curb, went onto the sidewalk and ran into three teenage girls on the side of the road. The girls were walking to a nearby movie theatre. They were 15 year old Reina As-Salaam, 16 year old Monica Epps and 16 year old Juliana Ferrell.


Tragic Results

Reina As-Salaam died at the scene of the accident from her injuries even before emergency personnel arrived. Her mother, Rashida Oliver, is a respected judge, and a colleague, Judge Glen Ashman, said of her, “Judge Oliver has been a colleague and friend for years, and she’s never — amidst her hard work — lost her focus on her children. She and her family have my prayers at this difficult time.”Monica and Juliana were injured and taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.  Juliana was in critical condition and in a coma. Juliana’s mother, Jane Ferrell, told reporters, “I’m just hoping and praying that she’s going to wake up and be her.” Monica had less serious injuries, including broken bones.

Both Mr. Kanlica and Mr. Anderson fled from the accident, leaving the seriously injured teenage girls on the side of the road. They were found and arrested by police. Mr. Kanlica was arrested only a few miles from the scene, at I-75 and Canton Road, and charged with first degree homicide by a vehicle, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, and two counts of hit and run resulting in injury. He is being held without bail at the Cobb County jail. He was arrested last year for assaulting a 16 year old girl at a bus stop. The girl ran to a Pep Boys and two workers came and helped hold Mr. Kanlica down until police arrived. For that he was charged with battery and pled guilty in February in Fulton County. Mr. Anderson was arrested at his house and also charged with first degree homicide by a vehicle, reckless driving, theft of services and two counts of serious injury by a vehicle, and is also being held without bail.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys

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