Suspects charged in deadly Columbus hit-and-run appear in court

Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 7:00 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2023 at 11:16 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The two suspects arrested in an overnight deadly hit-and-run on Manchester Expressway near a Columbus hospital appeared in court.

Co-defendants Aurick Cloud and Ray Knight, Jr. both appeared before a judge charged with multiple crimes, including homicide by vehicle.

The accident occurred on Sept. 23, just before 4 a.m. The initial investigation showed that a pedestrian was crossing the road near St. Francis Hospital when they were struck by a vehicle that left the scene. After hospital employees heard the crash, they found the victim lying in the road. The workers transported the pedestrian to the St. Francis Emergency Room, where they passed away.

According to police, the duo left the accident scene but later returned and reported to the Public Safety Center to be questioned about the crash. Police say when interviewed, the pair did not reveal who was driving but did admit to hitting something and not knowing what it was.

They were arrested and charged with the following,

  • First-degree homicide by vehicle (felony)
  • Hit-and-run (felony)
  • Duty to report accident
  • Other related traffic charges

The judge bound the case over to Superior Court, granting bond to the suspects.