Bond denied for mom charged with deadly hit and run

Peachtree City Police have filed charges against a Newnan mother for the high and run death of a 17-year-old high schooler. 

Elaina Montelongo went before a judge Tuesday in Fayette County. 

Only FOX 5 was there as the judge denied her bond. 

The aunt of victim Chris Babilonia told FOX 5 Atlanta's Doug Evans in a Facebook message that this has been simply overwhelming for them. And all they want is justice for Chris.

A judge denied bond for 24-year old Elaina Marie Montelongo in Fayette County Magistrate’s Court Tuesday. She is accused of driving the car on Sept. 13 that struck and killed 17-year-old Chris Babilonia. 


Montelongo is charged with theft by conversion and hit and run.  The prosecutor let the judge know that more serious charges are expected.

Montelongo told the judge that she has two children.  Both in the temporary custody of their fathers.  She says she is homeless, but has stayed mostly in Newnan and Peachtree City. 

According to the warrants read in court, Montelongo was driving a car she allegedly stole from a friend when she is accused of striking Chris Babilonia around 11 in the southbound lanes of State Road 74.

In a barely audible voice, Montelongo asked the judge if she would be eligible for treatment program. The judge responded by saying she's sure something will be available, but it wouldn't be presented until the proper time.

A memorial, dedicated by classmates from McIntosh High School is along State Road 74 near the spot where Chris died.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Babilonia with viewing this Friday, services this Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City. 

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family here.