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Bartow County Man Dies in Hit & Run, Suspect Arrested

January 15th, 2020 PM – 5:00 PM

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(Via WBHF) The Cobb County Police Department is investigating a hit and run that killed a Bartow County man. The accident occurred on Wednesday at 2:26 a.m. on Cobb Parkway north of Lake Acworth Drive.

A white 2018 Dodge Caravan, occupied by a father and son, was traveling north on Cobb Parkway approaching North Shores Road. The right front corner of the Dodge collided with the right curb and bridge rail. The collision disabled the Dodge. The Dodge came to a final uncontrolled rest in the left northbound lane of Cobb Parkway. The driver, 47-year-old Christopher Makin of Emerson, exited the vehicle to remove debris from the travel lane.

A tan 2010 Hyundai Sonata was traveling north on Cobb Parkway in the left lane approaching North Shores Road. The front of the Hyundai collided with Makin while he was in the roadway.

The driver of the Hyundai exited his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Makin was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The passenger of the Dodge was 23-year-old Isaac Makin of Emerson. He was not injured in either collision.

The driver of the Hyundai was identified as 26-year-old Christian Martinez of Acworth. With help from Acworth Police, Cobb County Police, and Cobb County S.W.A.T., investigators located and arrested Martinez at his residence. Christian Martinez was charged with driving with a suspended license and felony hit and run.

The collision remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.

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