Police Arrest Man Involved in Fatal Wreck

Arrested: Randy Arnsdorff, Jr.
Arrested: Randy Arnsdorff, Jr.

The Effingham County Sheriff's Department now has Randy Arnsdorff, Jr., in custody. A WTOC viewer saw his picture on THE News at Noon and turned him in. Arnsdorff was involved in an accident Friday night. He fled the scene, leaving a pregnant teenaged girl injured on the side of the road.

Courthouse Road is marked as dangerous with a curve much to sharp for any motorist to take at a high speed. It's also the curve that caused a fatal accident involving Arnsdorff and a 15-year-old girl. Authorities say Arnsdorff was driving recklessly.

"His vehicle left the roadway and struck a culvert, overturned, ejected the passenger out of the back glass," said TFC W. Fisher with Georgia State Patrol.

The young passenger riding along with Arnsdorff was three weeks away from her due date. Police say the accident killed the unborn child and left the teen paralyzed.

"Once the troopers arrived at the scene, he fled on foot," said Fisher.

While neighbors won't comment on what happened, they do say it's not uncommon to see these kinds of accidents on this particular stretch of road and hope the man who was responsible for the latest one doesn't get away with it. After three days of searching, an anonymous tip led authorities to their man.

Now they say he'll face charges of reckless driving and more. "He's being charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, serious injury by vehicle," said Fisher.

Authorities say Arnsdorff also tested positive for driving under the influence and is currently being detained at the Effingham County jail.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com