A man from the Atlanta area is facing criminal charges after clipping a family’s car and refusing to stop.
He allegedly said he didn’t stop because the two women are Black.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. on Monday on Terrell Mill Road and Delk Road in the Marietta suburbs.
Kimberly Carter and Asia Lewis were going home after a day out with their one-year-old godson when 59-year-old Stephen Abbott clipped their side-view mirror.
He continued driving and when the women signaled for him to pull over, Abbott reportedly threatened them with a gun.
Lewis said he put the gun on his dashboard as if he was trying to scare them while Carter said they tried to de-escalate the situation.
Carter said she yelled to tell him they just wanted him to know he hit her car.
A little while later, Abbott told a 911 dispatcher why he’d refused to stop after the minor collision.
He said he didn’t know who the women were or what they were doing but he would not stop in traffic for “two black people in a beat-up old car”. Abbott also claimed that Carter and Lewis made negative remarks about his family’s heritage.
However, the women said this was not true. They said they never brought up race and they only wanted to get the driver’s insurance details.
Law enforcement officers arrested Abbott about nine miles away from the accident scene and he was charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and pointing a gun.
He has since been released on bond.
Lewis and Carter told the media they hoped they would be compensated for damages, but the incident should not have happened.
Lewis said they shouldn’t have been treated differently because they’re black.
If you’ve been involved in a crash with a hit and run driver, reach out to an Atlanta car accident attorney.