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Hit-and-run driver flees after killing beloved retiree and his dog; arrested while hiding in a closet: Police

Police arrested a Georgia woman on Monday after she allegedly hit a man and his dog while driving earlier this month, killing them both.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 66-year-old Marvin Barnes was out walking his dog near his residence in Statham on December 3, when a car veered off of the road and smashed into him. According to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Department, Statham was around 6 feet from Jefferson Road when hit. The impact killed him and his dog.

The suspect, identified as 42-year-old Sandy Wilson, managed to elude police for weeks. Barnes’ neighbor, Jean Stephens, witnessed an silver Infiniti G37 fleeing the area, according to FOX 5 News. Police later linked the vehicle to Wilson after finding it parked behind an abandoned home not far from the crime scene.

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“I’ve lost my husband, my companion, my lover, the father of my children. I don’t have any of that. This is what you took from us,” the victim’s wife, Debbie Barnes, said shortly after the incident.

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Authorities received information that led them to a home at the Barrow-Jackson county line. According to  Sheriff Jud Smith, officers found Wilson hiding in a closet inside the home. Police took her into custody without incident.

Marvin, a devoted family man, was scheduled to celebrate their 36th wedding Anniversary on New Year’s Day.

“She destroyed our family, and it’s going to hurt for the rest of our lives. Something that we will never get used to, him not being around,” the victim’s daughter, Lakisha Barnes, said earlier this month.

Wilson is facing charges of hit-and-run, vehicular homicide, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding, and cruelty to animals.

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[Feature Photo: Sandy Wilson/Police Handout]