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.