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Jet Ski rider hits woman, flees scene at Lanier



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A woman floating in the cove near Little Ridge Park was hit July 23 by a Jet Ski rider who then fled the scene.

The woman was conscious and alert when she told deputies and an Army Corps of Engineer Park Ranger what happened. She was bleeding from a cut to the left side of her head.

She said a Jet Ski came into the no wake zone quickly so she yelled to the rider to alert him. She said the rider lost control of the craft and headed in her direction. She then dove off the float into the water to avoid getting hit, but the Jet Ski struck her on the head.

She said she was in a haze while under water, but she swam back to the surface and was helped by a bystander.

The bystander said when he returned to shore with the woman, the Jet Ski rider was gone.

A lookout was given to the Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit. The rider was later located and met with the Department of Natural Resources. The bystander and his mother identified the male rider.

The rider and another person were arrested for their involvement in the accident.

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