ALLEGED HIT AND RUN DRIVER TO PLEAD GUILTY IN ROAD RAGE INCIDENT INVOLVING CYCLIST
Victim Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury
Atlanta- The man accused of intentionally hitting a bicyclist following an alleged road rage incident is expected to plead guilty on Tuesday. 20-year-old Joseph Alan Lewis is charged with Criminal attempt to Commit Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Serious Injury by Vehicle, Hit and Run, Criminal Damage to Property in the 1st Degree, Tampering with Evidence, Reckless Driving, Failure to Report an Accident, Driving without a Valid License and Expired or No License Plate/Decal in connection with a hit and run crash in which victim Gregory Germani, 51, was severely injured.
The incident happened on June 9, 2014 on Flager Avenue in Atlanta. Mr. Germani had encountered Defendant Lewis moments earlier at the intersection of Montgomery Ferry Road and Flager. According to the investigation, an argument ensued between the driver and cyclist after Germani was almost struck by the Defendant’s vehicle. Germani rode away on his bicycle. Defendant Lewis is accused of then following the victim and ramming the rear of his bicycle with the SUV he was driving. The victim was dragged nearly 50 feet. Defendant Lewis fled the scene. He turned himself in to police nearly a month after the crime. Mr. Germani suffered a traumatic brain injury and is still undergoing rehabilitative treatment.
Plea proceedings are scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs is presiding.