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APD arrest man in January hit-and-run case

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- At least one man was arrested recently in the January hit-and-run death of 66-year-old Roosevelt Coley, Albany Police Department traffic unit officers said.

Terry Roberson, 34, faces vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and multiple other charges stemming from striking Coley at about 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at the intersection of Oglethorpe Boulevard and Jefferson Street, APD Cpl. Jon Segroves said.

Roberson is in the Dougherty County Jail without bond. He was in jail for violating the terms of a previous bond when he was charged with vehicular homicide, a jail spokeswoman said.

No information on Roberson's previous charges was immediately available.

"Terry Roberson was identified as a possible suspect in the incident from an anonymous tip," Segroves said. "After a week of investigating the tip and following up with numerous witnesses and the suspect, Mr. Roberson was charged."

Antwan Jermain Fields, the owner of the 1996 Burgundy Buick that Roberson drove into Coley, is wanted by police in connection with covering up the crime.

"We were able to execute a search warrant on the suspected vehicle," Segroves said. "We were able to find parts that were replaced on the vehicle to cover up the crime."

Police continue to search for a second car: an SUV that they said hit Coley after Roberson while Coley walked in the crosswalk with the right of way, Police Cpl. Patrick Browner said. Both vehicles went through a red light and hit Coley.

"The Buick knocked him (Coley) down; we don't know if it was a fatal hit," Browner said. "Then the SUV hit him. We are thinking that both vehicles ran the red light."

Roberson requested an attorney and would not talk to investigators about the crash. Roberson possibly fled the crash scene because his license had been suspended and he was drinking, Segroves said.

"Anyone who helped repair the Buick would find it in their best interests to contact us before they are cited," Seagrove said.

Police would like anyone who knows about the SUV or other people who have helped repair the Buick to call (229) 431-2100 and ask for the traffic unit or call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or (229) 431-3288.