Press Release on Hit & Run/Injured Child from Ellijay Chief of Police Edward Lacey:
On May 30 at 9:00 PM the Ellijay Police Department responded to a call at the North Georgia Medical Center regarding an injured child. Upon arrival, officers found an 18 month old boy had been brought into the emergency room by his father and had reportedly been hit by an automobile. The incident reportedly took place in the Gilmer County River Park parking lot. This parking lot is directly across the street from the North Georgia Medical Center.
According to the father, he had been playing with his children on the swings and slide until just before 9PM. The father left the slide area, pushing the victim in a stroller and walking his 5 year old daughter. Upon reaching the family van, the father reportedly took his son out of the stroller and was placing the stroller into the van when a silver or grey Ford Fusion drove quickly past his van striking the 18 month old boy. The father reportedly picked up the child and took him immediately to the hospital. The father reported that the Fusion had a “drive out tag”, and he did not know nor could he identify the driver.
Ellijay Police requested the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol and their Special Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT), and with their assistance the driver of the vehicle was located in Waleska Georgia. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office arrested the driver and he was transported to the Gilmer Detention Center. The driver is identified as 26 year old Jordan Allen Hyde of Talking Rock, Georgia. He was arrested and originally held on two charges; Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Hit and run $1,000 bond; Serious Injury by Vehicle $5,000 bond. The driver did bond out over the weekend.
As of 5:55 PM on Sunday evening the victim, now identified as 18 month old Noah Pinson of Ellijay, succumbed to his injuries at Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta.
Charges were upgraded by the Georgia State Patrol to First Degree Vehicular Homicide and DUI Drugs. The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office had previously taken charges against Hyde for incidents unrelated to the Hit and Run. Hyde was re-arrested on Sunday evening by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in Waleska Georgia on those Gilmer County Charges, was then served with the upgraded charges, and is now being held without bond in the Gilmer County Detention Center.