Warrants issued in November pedestrian fatality

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Warrants have been issued for the arrest of a Conyers man in a November pedestrian fatality in the city of Lawrenceville.

John Garret Hester, 44, is wanted on charges of vehicular homicide and failure to yield to a pedestrian in the Nov. 15 incident, according to paperwork filed last week in Gwinnett Magistrate Court.

The warrants state Hester failed to stop at an "implied crosswalk" at the intersection of Monfort Road and Old Norcross Road, where he struck Lawrenceville resident Christopher Carter, 26, about 10:20 p.m.

Carter was attempting to cross Old Norcross Road when Hester reportedly hit him in a 1992 Dodge Caravan. Carter was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center but succumbed to his injuries.

Hester told police "he did not see the pedestrian until it was too late to maneuver," according to a Lawrenceville police report. He had not been booked into the Gwinnett County Jail as of Thursday.

Carter lived a few blocks away from the scene on Freeport Drive, according to the report.


katie_918 3 years, 7 months ago

Thank you Mr. Green for writing this article. The man who passed away from this accident, Christopher Carter, was my brother . We are deeply saddened from this loss as Christopher is a son, brother, uncle, and friend. God gives strength to the weak and is meeting us even our deepest hurts. My heart goes out to all those who have lost a brother because unfortunately, I can relate to the pain. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal. He always told me to "keep smiling and stay beautiful", and so even through the pain, I will smile because God gave me the blessing of having Christopher as a brother, even if it was for a short time.


carebear 3 years, 7 months ago

First and for most thank you for writing this article. I was blessed for 26 years to have Christopher as my younger brother. My heart will never be the same. He was a amazing brother and friend. The memories will never leave me. I would never wish this pain on my worst enemy. As a family we are having to deal with the unthinkable pain of lossing someone so special to all of us but what has made it even worse is how the hospital handle the whole situation. Even though they had the name of family and phone numbers (mothers, brothers and sister) they never bothered to try and contact us. He was hit at approx. 10:20 pm and passed away at approx. 1:30 am. My mother did not find out until 12:30 pm. The police are the ones who came to tell her. They informed her that they did give all the contact info. to the chaplain. My family would have been at the hospital if we would of known. My mother should not have to hold that guilt on her. She should of been given the chance to say goodbye to her son. Gwinnett Medical should be ashamed of themselves and to even add more hurt and pain they sent Christophers body to the funeral home with no name. My family is the one who had to call funeral homes to find out where his body was. I do not want another family to have to go through what we have had to go through because of the hospital. Its painful enough to lose him they way we did but we could of had the chance to say goodbye and that was robbed from us due to lack of heart. What is wrong with Gwinnett Medical? Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write this and may God bless you.


Sign in to comment