SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro's Major Accident Investigation team is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects involved in a crash near Alabama Avenue and New Jersey Street, Wednesday night, that injured a woman and a six-year-old child.
Officials say Melquita Singleton, 36, and a six-year-old boy were critically injured in the crash that happened around 8 p.m.
Metro officers responded and found an unoccupied 2010 Toyota Avalon and a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban that had collided. Singleton, who was the driver of the SUV, had been partially ejected from her vehicle. The Suburban had six passengers between the ages of 17 and one.
Singleton was transported to Memorial University Medical Center in critical condition along with her six-year-old male passenger, who sustained serious injuries. A 13-year-old and a nine-year-old also were transported to MUMC with non-life threatening injuries. The three remaining youths were not injured.
SCMPD's preliminary investigation shows that Singleton was traveling east in the 2100 block of Alabama Avenue when the Avalon failed to yield at a stop sign at Alabama Avenue and New Jersey Street. The Avalon collided with Singleton's Suburban, causing the SUV to spin and roll over.
The occupants of the Avalon fled the scene on foot without rendering aid to Singleton and her passengers. Several people living along the block say they saw the driver run the stop sign and speed up moments before hearing a loud 'boom.' That boom was actually the Avalon hitting the Surburban.
Further investigation revealed the Avalon was reported stolen near LaRoache Avenue and LaRoach Count in the early morning hours of Nov. 30. People living in the area say after hearing the collision, concerned neighbors rushed to help Singleton and the children until first responders arrived. As for the home the vehicles landed in front of, we are told the person living there was not home at the time.
Detectives believe the Avalon was occupied by at least two suspects. One suspect is described as a black male, with an Afro haircut, wearing all black clothing. This suspect may be a juvenile.
MAIT continues to investigate. Anyone with information on this incident or the suspects should contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing 912.525.3124.
Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.