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Hit and Run Driver Faces Criminal Charges

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Cobb County Police have arrested the driver and passenger of a Porsche sought for the fatal hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of Emanuel R. Mitchell, 31, earlier this month.

Mitchell died after being struck by two vehicles on I-75 in the southbound lanes near Windy Hill Road on August 20th. He died at the scene. The second driver was not charged in the crash.

Brandon Weston, 32, of Smyrna and Pamela Kay Rice, 41, of East Cobb were booked on multiple charges and are being held without bond. Weston is charged with 2nd degree vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, tampering with evidence and failure to maintain a lane. He was also charged with several other charges, said a police spokesman.

Rice was charged with 2nd degree vehicular homicide, tampering with evidence and being party to a hit-and-run.

A break in the case came when someone saw a suspicious vehicle in a body shop in Alabaster, Ala. That suspicion lead to several online searches that lead to articles about police seeking a Porsche 944 involved in the hit-and-run crash. The person called local authorities who contacted Cobb County Police.

Cobb investigators were able to match vehicle parts involved in the accident to a Porsche that was found at the body shop.

The police had been searching for the driver for 10 days.