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Woman arrested in bicyclist hit and run

LEESBURG, Ga. -- A 25-year-old woman has been charged after authorities say the SUV she was driving Monday night slammed into a bicyclist in a hit-and-run incident.

Mia Register was jailed on charges of drunken driving, hit and run with serious injury, failure to report an accident with injury, and endangering a child.

The bicyclist, Jeffrey Haire, was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after the crash, which happened about 8:20 p.m. He was listed in good condition Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"Her boyfriend was in the vehicle with her," said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals. "He came to the sheriff's office and turned her in because he knew it was the right thing to do."

Also in the 2002 Mazda Tribute SUV with Register was her 7-year-old son, said Georgia State Senior Trooper Walter Spurlin, who interviewed the couple after the arrest was made around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"The man tried to get her to stop because he knew she hit someone," Spurlin said. "She said she thought it was a trash can or a mailbox."

Spurlin said that at the time of the crash, Haire was wearing a helmet, a reflective vest and had two flashing red lights on the rear of his bicycle. Haire, an experienced cyclist, was following the rules of the road and had taken all safety precautions, Spurlin added.

Register lives about 50 yards from Haire's street, Spurlin said.

Someone in the neighborhood called the night of the crash to say they saw Register cleaning the SUV. Deputies were already on their way to Register's home, he added.

The name of Register's passenger was not immediately available from Spurlin or Rachals. A jail spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon that Register was in jail awaiting a first appearance before a judge. The initial court appearance could come as early as this morning.