Arrest made in Auburn hit and run accident

Jarrod C. Litton (Photo source: Auburn Police Department)
Jarrod C. Litton (Photo source: Auburn Police Department)

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The Auburn Police Department has made an arrest in the early morning hit-and-run accident that took place Sunday, Oct. 5.

Jarrod C. Litton, 24, of Auburn was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 8 on felony warrants charging him with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and assault first degree.

An investigation into the incident by the Auburn Police Division resulted in Litton being developed as a suspect.  Arrest warrants were obtained charging him with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and assault first degree.

He turned himself in to detectives and was taken into custody. Litton was transported to the Lee County Jail and will be eligible for a $53,000 bond.

Three pedestrians were involved in a hit and run accident early Sunday morning on West Magnolia Avenue, hours after the end of the Auburn v. LSU football game.

Police responded the scene around 1 a.m. and found three teenagers had been struck by a dark colored pick-up truck traveling westbound.

"They had the road blocked off going around Magnolia Avenue, and I couldn't tell what was going on at all," says Auburn resident Seth Newton.

Two 17-year-old females from Mobile were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

A 16-year-old male, also from Mobile, suffered serious injuries and was taken by a Life Saver helicopter to the Columbus Regional Medical Center for treatment. He is listed in critical but stable condition.

Litton fled the scene, but his vehicle was located afterwards.

People who live in the Magnolia Studio Apartments saw the commotion Sunday morning and say this stretch of Magnolia Avenue is a popular spot for tailgaters.

"There are usually a couple of RVs on this side of the complex and another that is set up next to the dumpster's, this whole place is packed," explains Newton.

Cars line the grass between the street and the sidewalk, making traveling more difficult for pedestrians.

"There are always tailgaters out here, cars parked on the side of the road," says Luke Nguyen. "When you're walking, you're more than likely walking on the street, not the sidewalk,"

Police have not said if alcohol was a factor or if the teens may have been jaywalking across Magnolia Avenue.

"It's very important to use crosswalks, I know everyone doesn't abide by it all the time just because it is game day and it is so hectic you have cars shooting in and out. It is scary," says Nguyen.

This case remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Division.

If you have any information on the case you are asked to call the Auburn Police Department.

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