Columbus couple charged in deadly hit and run

William McCrary (Source: Columbus Police Dept.)
William McCrary (Source: Columbus Police Dept.)
Yvonne McCrary (Columbus Police Dept.)
Yvonne McCrary (Columbus Police Dept.)
Victim Adrian Huling
Victim Adrian Huling

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Columbus couple has been indicted in connection with a hit and run accident that claimed the life of a Columbus State University student.

Nineteen-year-old Adrian Huling was riding his moped near the intersection of Amber and Luna Drive in East Columbus when he was killed back in January of 2009.

Columbus Police charged William and Yvonne McCrary with the False Report of a Crime and Tampering with Evidence in the case last year and Tuesday, the case was presented to a Muscogee County Grand Jury.

The jurors handed down more serious charges against William McCrary, including Homicide by Vehicle, Failing to Stop, Falsely Reporting a Vehicle as Stolen and Removing the Vehicle from a Residence.

His wife was indicted on her original charges.

A former Shaw High graduate going for his pre-law degree at CSU, Adrian Huling was riding his scooter home from his aunt's house the night he was killed.

Witnesses say when Huling came up to a yellow flashing light, a speeding minivan hit his moped and drove off, leaving the teen on the ground with extensive injuries.

They say the driver stopped for a brief moment before speeding off.

Assistant District Attorney Leticia Sykes says the state intends to prove that William McCrary was behind the wheel of the white minivan that killed Huling.

She says the couple was riding in their van early that morning, hit Huling and drove home. She tells WTVM Mr. McCrary drove his wife's car to work that day and at some point, moved the van down the street and reported it stolen.

According to Sykes, the McCrarys claim the van was stolen from their driveway and the thief ran over Huling, brought it back to their driveway and stole it again later that day- a story she says is "unrealistic."

Sykes says there is no doubt that the McCrarys' van is the one that hit and killed Adrian Huling.

William McCrary will be rearrested on his new charges.

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