Gwinnett County Police have dropped charges against a woman for a fatal hit-and-run last month in Gwinnett County that killed an 85 year-old Norcross man.
Ruth Escobar, 50, was charged in the incident that occurred on April 13th. Later on April 24th, her sister Esther Escobar testified in a hearing and confessed that she had been the one behind the wheel at the time of the crash and not her sister, Ruth.
Police investigated and came to the conclusion that Esther Escobar was to blame for the death of 85 year-old Kanaiyalal P. Patel. Wednesday she was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, driving without a valid license, failure to stop at a stop sign, and a violation for her vehicle's tires being too bald.
According to a witness, the driver of a maroon 1999 Ford F-150 truck hit Patel as he was walking across the street at the intersection of Kings Ridge Drive and Singleton Road. That witness followed the truck to the Oakbrooke Point Apartments in Norcross and helped police find the suspect.
Ruth Escobar was arrested at that time.
Now her sister Esther has been charged with the crime, but Ruth is still being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center on a hold for an immigration violation.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are looking for any efforts that have been done to cover up the crime.
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