Police hunt suspect in hit-and-run

LILBURN - Police are searching for a motorist who allegedly fled after his car struck and killed a pedestrian attempting to cross a stretch of Lawrenceville Highway late Tuesday.

Lilburn police spokesman Det. Matt Lake said a man driving a brown Nissan Altima struck and killed the pedestrian as he attempted to cross the roadway just south of the Beaver Ruin Road intersection about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The motorist allegedly fled the scene shortly after viewing the pedestrian's body.

The victim, who remains unidentified, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency personnel arrived, according to Lake.

Lake said the victim was with a group of acquaintances, including his girlfriend, trying to cross to a Wendy's restaurant across the road. Police didn't say where the victim lived.

"They weren't within walking distance to their house," Lake said.

The driver is described as an Asian male about five feet tall, with black hair and a mustache, Lake said. The Nissan is believed to have sustained front-end damage.

Witnesses told police the man attempted to stop before striking the victim. The impact caused the pedestrian to be hurled into the air for several yards.

Authorities said the suspect exited his vehicle following the collision, looked at the pedestrian's lifeless body and left the scene in his car, heading northbound on Lawrenceville Highway.

The man's death marks the second pedestrian killed in Gwinnett in the last two weeks.

A 62-year-old man died July 27 after he darted in front of a car on South Norcross-Tucker Road, just south of Jimmy Carter Boulevard, police said.

The Lilburn Police Department and the Gwinnett County Police Accident Investigation Unit ask anyone with information related to latest incident to call the Lilburn Police Department at 770-921-2211.

Staff writer Josh Green contributed to this report.