Georgia Rep. Trey Kelley was indicted following allegations that he ignored a deadly hit-and-crash in 2019. The Republican majority whip’s friend had reportedly called him and told him about the accident which left the victim lying in a ditch.
The charge of reckless conduct is a misdemeanor. Polk County District Attorney Jack Browning said Kelley was indicted on Thursday.
The charge stems from an incident in which Ralph “Ryan” Dover III allegedly struck bicyclist Eric Keais and called Kelley instead of 911. Dover has been indicted on charges of felony hit-and-run and reckless conduct.
Kelley’s attorney Lester Tate said his client had been fully cooperative and would be vindicated once the facts are presented in court.
Tate added that bail had already been agreed upon and Kelley would turn himself in on Friday.
Kelley, a resident of Cedartown, represents Polk and areas of Floyd County and Haralson County in northwest Georgia.
According to law enforcement officials, Dover was driving an SUV along North Main Street in Cedartown on September 11, 2019 when he struck Keais.
Dover reportedly drove off and called Kelley who subsequently contacted Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome at his residence. An officer was sent to the scene of the crash but they were not told that someone may have suffered injuries.
The officer eventually found Keais in a ditch with serious injuries. He passed away shortly after.
Under Georgia’s laws, reckless conduct refers to harming or endangering another person either through one’s actions or one’s failure to act.
DA Browning said no one contacted law enforcement or emergency medical personnel until about 45 minutes after the accident. The Polk County Coroner ruled that the death was a homicide by vehicle.
If you lost a loved one in a crash, you may be entitled to compensation. A Georgia car accident attorney can help you with your case.