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ACCPD Arrests Two More in Fatal Hit and Run

The Athens Clarke County Police Department arrested two additional individuals in connection with a fatal hit and run on March 21st. According to a media release from the department, 57-year-old Sophia Steward and 47-year-old Roderick Marble, both of Athens, attempted to cover up the actions of Virkerria Steward, who was charged with First Degree Homicide on March 31st and several other charges. Steward is facing False Report of a Crime and Tampering with Evidence, a felony, in Clarke county while Marble is charged with Tampering with Evidence in Clarke and 2nd Degree Arson in Jackson County.

Investigators say no additional arrests are expected at this time.

Chief Cleveland Spruill praised the ACCPD Traffic Unit saying “These types of cases are among the most challenging to solve and I appreciate the diligent effort our investigators put into this case, working to bring these three individuals to justice. These arrests showcase our Traffic Unit’s experience, training, and skills.”

Spruill said Hit and Run cases are among the most challenging cases to solve.

21-year-old USA student Knox Whitten was killed on March 21st as he walked in the area of the Outer Loop near Chase Street.

This is the eighth fatal motor vehicle crash of 2021 in Athens-Clarke County.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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