DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Police have arrested a suspect in the hit-and-run accident that left a 9-year-old Lithonia girl critically injured, DeKalb County Police announced Tuesday evening.
Gabriel Jabri Fordham, 28, of Lithonia, was arrested in a parking lot near the sheriff’s office headquarters on Memorial Drive in Decatur. Fordham was booked into the DeKalb County Jail and charged with hit-and-run, failure to maintain lane, stop sign violation, serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving.
According to the family, LaDerihanna Holmes was playing in the front yard of her house on the 2200 block of Cherokee Valley Circle on Friday night when a black Ford Focus came off the roadway and ran right into the young girl.
Surveillance footage released by the family shows the car running right through a stop sign and hitting Holmes as she tries to get out of the way.
Police said the driver and a passenger got away in the confusion.
Medics rushed Holmes to a hospital with a fractured skull and a broken pelvis. Another girl, 9-year-old Alayshia Phillips, suffered a foot injury.
In a statement released by the their lawyers, Holmes' family said they were pleased that Fordham had been arrested and that they were "hopful that police will also find the passenger in that vehicle soon.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for LaDerihanna’s medical expenses.