LITHONIA, Ga. (CNN) — The driver involved in the hit-and-run of a 9-year-old girl as she played in the front yard of her Atlanta-area home is now in custody.
The incident happened this past Friday in Lithonia. The video shows the car flying over the curb and speeding toward LaDerihanna Holmes. She suffered a fractured skull and shattered pelvis.
The driver fled the scene, but Gabriel Fordham later turned himself into police.
His attorney said his client is remorseful, but alleged that Fordham was fighting off a carjacker when the crash happened. “Our client was pistol-whipped and rendered unconscious
by a carjacker at the time of the accident.”
As for the victim, her mother says she is in stable condition at an area hospital.
A GoFundMe page for her medical bills has already raised more than $44,000.