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Police Announce Hit-and-Run Charges

Friday, the injured construction worker was at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he was listed in critical condition.

Charges have been announced in the on Friday.

Kenneth Gonzalez of Canton, the suspect in the hit-and-run, will face charges of reckless driving, aggravated battery, failure to report accident with injuries, failure to report accident with property damage, hit-and-run, and failure to maintain lane,  spokeswoman Brittany Duncan wrote in a brief email to Canton-Sixes Patch on Sunday.

Friday morning, a gray 2006 GMC Sierra struck a construction worker on Interstate 575 South, just before the Towne Lake Parkway exit in Woodstock, and fled the scene.

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Later that afternoon, . Authorities there arrested the 53-year-old man and booked him in the Cobb County Jail on a charge of driving under the influence.

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It's not clear if Gonzalez is back in Cherokee County, where he's had at least one brush with the law as recently as April 24. On that day, according to records,  and charged with following too closely, open container alcohol in vehicle and driving under the influence. The disposition of that case is not known.

Duncan said she did "not have anymore information regarding the status of" the injured construction worker, whose name still has not been released.

Friday, he was at  in Marietta, where he was listed in critical condition.

Stay tuned to all three Cherokee County Patch sites for updates.

lifelong resident June 04, 2012 at 11:13 PM
that worker is a very good friend of mine. this is pathetic. surely this will put an end to a license for that driver.
Mary Dilg June 04, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Having attended the sentencing of a DUI driver who killed his victim two years ago (the sentencing was in March) and watching the judge in Fulton sentence the driver to 30 days in jail plus community service, I don't think anyone should count on the justice system to prevail, especially if the DUI driver in this case happens to have the money for a good attorney (as was the case at the sentencing I attended)
Mary Dilg June 04, 2012 at 11:47 PM
My prayers are with the construction worker and his family and friends. This is so sad and probably could have been prevented.
clayton lewallen June 05, 2012 at 08:58 AM
a 911 call was filed on kenneth a week before this incident..when the fire dept. got there they were not allowed to enter the house and the sheriffs dept would not authorize it we may have missed an oppurtunity to help someone and prevent things from getting worse ( which it did ) this is a loop hole in the policy about welfare checks ( this is what the fire dept. calls it ) it is this readers opinion that the decision as toweaather or not enter the house should be left up to the fire and rescue dept. with the sheriffs office standing by this rule was changed in Cobb co. when on a basic welfare check a man died because the sheriffs dept took 30 min to get authorization.....at ken gonzales house the sheriffs deputy refused to allow ems or the fire dept to enter the house...even though friends and neighbors of ken had repeatedlly told the deputy that ken needed help but no one had heard or seen him for four days....we as a community missed the mark on that one ..change that rule before we miss it again........
clayton lewallen June 05, 2012 at 09:04 AM
ken should have his licences revoked indifintly and serve atleast a year in prison it was hi 3rd dui in as many months if and i pray not the wroker dies then ken should get 10 to 15 yrs..we must get tough on repeat offenders

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