Update: Suspect in Walker County hit and run caught

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WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF/UPDATE) –  According to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect in a hit and run death in Walker County is now in custody in Chattanooga.

Earlier in the day, an arrest warrant was issued for Chattanooga man Mitchell Taylor Horton, 27,  in a fatal hit and run case in Walker County.

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Authorities in Walker County said within 15 minutes two calls came in Wednesday morning from acquaintances of the suspect.

They said one of them was the owner of the car allegedly used in the hit and run.

“The owner of the car had lent the car to the driver. The owner of the car saw all the news coverage and social media. He calls Chattanooga PD this morning alarmed that his car may have been used,” Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said.

According to officials, the other call came in from the woman who lived at the home where the car was found.

Authorities said they got a statement from her and text messages between her and the suspect.

“She let us obtain her cell phone records by consent. We contacted the GBI. The came and downloaded the phone for us, and we further established our probable cause for the suspect,” Georgia State Patrol Corporal Scotty Smith said.

Sheriff Wilson and investigators with the Georgia State Patrol said they are charging Horton with Felony Homicide by Vehicle.

The charge is in relation to the fatal hit and run crash Tuesday morning on Marble Top Road.

Relatives said 58-year-old Horace Cribbs was doing yard work at a family member’s home when he was hit by the car.

Horace Cribbs

It’s not clear yet as to why the suspect may have fled the scene.

He has been arrested before on drug charges, and authorities said drugs could be a factor.

They also said there was clear evidence at the scene that no braking was involved.

On Wednesday morning, police found the car at a home on Kristen Drive, which is about two miles from the incident.


WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) —  The vehicle from Tuesday’s deadly hit and run on Marble Top Road in Walker County has been located, according to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol.

The vehicle was found Wednesday morning after a tip was reported to Walker 911.  The vehicle was found tarped and covered at a residence on Kristen Drive, in Chickamauga, which is about two miles from the incident scene.  The home owner reported finding the vehicle and is cooperating with law enforcement.

Officials say a search warrant has been obtained for the car.  The vehicle will be transported to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office for processing, according to Sheriff Steve Wilson.

At this time, Walker County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Georgia State Patrol are working to identify the driver of the Hyundai Sonata.