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New Charges: Woman Takes Blame for Sister Accused in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Police: Esther Escobar said during her sister's hearing that she was the driver; she now faces charges for the April incident near Norcross.

Esther Escobar. Gwinnett County Jail mug shot.
Esther Escobar. Gwinnett County Jail mug shot.

Vehicular homicide charges have been dropped against a Norcross woman in connection with a fatal hit-and-run with a pedestrian in April, but her sister is now accused of the crime.

Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Ruth Escobar, 50, was not the driver in the April 13 hit-and-run that killed Kanaiyalal P. Patel, 85, who was struck while crossing Kings Mill Drive in unincorporated Norcross.

Instead, her 46-year-old sister Esther Escobar was.

Esther Escobar claimed responsibility for the crime while in the witness stand during a hearing on her sister’s charges on April 24, Smith said. That prompted an investigation into her claim.

On May 21, investigators determined Esther Escobar was the driver and charged her with several crimes.

She has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, driving without a license, failure to stop as a stop sign, and an equipment violation for the vehicle’s tires not having enough thread.

Esther Escobar is still in custody at the county jail for an immigration violation hold. Ruth Escobar also is being held for immigration.

“Investigation is ongoing into the efforts to cover up this crime,” Smith said.

John Smith May 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM
"Esther Escobar is still in custody at the county jail for an immigration violation hold. Ruth Escobar also is being held for immigration." Dustin Inman & thousands of other AMERICANS have died because of the lie that illegals are just here to 'work hard'. The real truth is they work the hardest at breaking our laws & know all to well how to scam the systems. This is just another sad example that we need to protect our borders.

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