Georgia Driver Charged With Homicide In Alleged Hit-And-Run Death Of 13-Year-Old

Leonardo Camacho died in the hospital Sunday night after Katie Pancione allegedly struck him with her car.

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The National Safety Council estimates that automotive fatalities topped 40,000 in 2017. Many will result in criminal charges.

A Georgia woman is charged with jumping a curb and killing a young teenager with her car before driving off.

Leonardo Camacho, 13, was walking with his father on a sidewalk near a church in Cumming, Ga. on June 16 when a white SUV came careening down the road, according to an incident report obtained by Oxygen.com. The vehicle then hopped the curb and crashed into Leonardo — sending him flying into the air.

The boy's father, who was also hit by the car, tried to save his son — but Leonardo was seriously hurt, according to local outlet WSBTV.

The father and son were rushed to a local hospital. From there, Leonardo was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with severe injuries, according to Atlanta outlet 11 Alive. The father suffered minor injuries to his leg.

Responding investigators soon found a white SUV parked in a driveway down the road from the collision where authorities observed allegedly fresh damage on the bumper. Officials spoke with the car’s driver Katie Pancione, who allegedly appeared impaired by alcohol and “possibly other substances” and was taken into custody, according to the incident report.

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Leonardo remained on life support in the hospital for the next four days. Forsyth County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Stacie Miller confirmed that the teenage boy died on Sunday night from his injuries, according to 11 Alive.

Pancione was charged Tuesday with two felonies: vehicular homicide and hit and run resulting in serious injury or death, according to online jail records. She also faces four misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Leonardo’s funeral will be held this Saturday, according to a family GoFundMe. A representative for GoFundMe confirmed to Oxygen.com that the fundraiser is legitimate.

Pancione is being held without bond in the Forsyth County Jail.

It was not immediately clear whether she had an attorney who was able to comment on her behalf.

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