A man accused of driving into a house in Nicholson and sending a man to the hospital in a hit-and-run last week is now in jail.
James McQueen, who is being held in Clarke County, faces charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property in the second degree. He also faces several charges in Athens-Clarke County.
According Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) reports, deputies responded to Kesler Rd. on June 8 where a truck reportedly crashed into a residence and ran over a man before leaving the scene.
The victim was reportedly barely conscious and having trouble breathing. The man had several broken bones, a collapsed lung, head trauma and a laceration on his left leg, according to the incident report. He was transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center for his injuries.
A witness said she saw a Dodge Ram truck drive up Kesler Rd. and then travel in reverse down the road “at a high rate of speed.” She said she heard a crashing sound a few moments later and then saw the truck speeding toward Hwy. 334. The witness then heard someone groaning loudly from a neighboring property. She went to the residence, where she found the victim.
According to the JCSO, the victim is still hospitalized and has been unable to give a statement about the incident.