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CPD needs help locating hit-and-run suspect

A black and white photo of the hit-and-run suspect, William Davis Tarver. (Source: Columbus Police Department) A black and white photo of the hit-and-run suspect, William Davis Tarver. (Source: Columbus Police Department)
A photograph of the car allegedly driven by Tarver following the crash. (Source: Columbus Police Department) A photograph of the car allegedly driven by Tarver following the crash. (Source: Columbus Police Department)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Columbus Police Department is asking for help in locating a person who is allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run of a Columbus woman, who is currently hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

According to police, on July 3 at 3:30 p.m., witnesses stated that William Davis Tarver, 30, was racing with a dark blue Ford Crown Victoria or a Mercury Grand Marquis on Lawyers Lane near 10th Street.

Witnesses say Tarver was driving a dark blue 1982 Chevy Malibu when it struck a 2012 BMW 325i in a head-on collision, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

The impact of the collision was so intense, police say, the engine and transmission became dislodged from the vehicle and continued traveling down to roadway.

The driver of the BMW remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Tarver, who was in the vehicle with his minor son, then fled the scene in the car he was drag racing.

The minor child sustained a broken collar bone during the crash. Witnesses tell police they attempted to get the child from Tarver because of his noticeable injuries, but he refused. The child was later treated at the hospital and released.

Police say Tarver also allegedly fled the scene without attempting to help the person in the other car.

Tarver is described as male, 5’6”, brown eyes, ear-length black hair, a mustache with stubble, gold teeth and three distinguishing tattoos: a tattoo that reads “white boy” on his right arm, a tattoo that reads “downtown” on his left arm, and another tattoo on his right arm that reads “westside.” Police say Tarver also goes by the nicknames "whitey" or "white boy." 

Tarver is considered armed and dangerous, and also has several outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Tarver, you are asked to contact the Motor Squad/Hit and Run Unit/Crime Stoppers at (706)-225-4040.

Check back for more updates on this developing story.

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