Auto Pedestrian Accident in Dayton

DAYTON, November 8, 2016 – On Monday November 7, 20016 at approx. 9pm the Dayton Police Department, along with West Lake Fire Department, Department of Public Safety and Dayton Fire Department  were dispatched to the 5500 block of FM 1409 in reference to an automobile v/s pedestrian accident.

The caller told the dispatcher as they were traveling south the pedestrian was laying in the roadway on the north bound lane and tried to move out of the way of the oncoming traffic.  When the officers arrived it was learned that a passenger vehicle had struck Hathcoat, George 17 year old W/M of Dayton at the intersection of PR 456 and FM 1409.  The impact caused Hathcoat to die at the scene of the accident.  

During the investigation it was learned that a Markham, Pamela (42 years of age) of Dayton was driving her vehicle at the time of the accident, once she struck Hathcoat she drove to the nearest parking lot and pulled over.  Markham at first thinking she hit a deer, called her family and friends to the scene to get a friend of the family to take responsibility for the accident due to the fact she (Markham) had be drinking alcohol earlier in the evening. 

A first responder for West Lake Fire Department arrived at the location where Markham and her friends and family were staged to “get their story straight” and asked if anyone needed medical treatment.  Markham and her group said no one needed medical treatment and told the first responder that her car had hit a deer just down the road.  The first responder told them the reason she was there to check on everyone was it was a pedestrian hit by her vehicle not a deer.  Markham left the scene and went home leaving friends of the family to take responsibility for the accident.

Markham later returned to the scene telling officers she was there to check on the damage to her vehicle and the wellbeing of the occupants of her vehicle. After some questioning of Markham and the supposed driver of the vehicle, Markham came forth admitting she was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident. 

Justice of the Peace Larry Wilburn was called to the scene to conduct and inquest, and Judge Wilburn requested an autopsy be conducted. Markham was arrested and charged with Fail to Stop and Render Aid, felony of the third degree, and Driving While Intoxicated first offence class B misdemeanor.

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