HIT AND RUN DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY IN ROAD RAGE INCIDENT INVOLVING CYCLIST
Victim Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury, Undergoing Long-term Rehab
Atlanta– The man accused of intentionally hitting a bicyclist following a road rage incident has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. During plea proceedings Tuesday morning, 20-year-old Joseph Alan Lewis pleaded guilty to charges of 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 the hit and run crash in which victim Gregory Germani was severely injured.
The incident happened on June 9, 2014 on Flagler Avenue in Atlanta. Moments before he was intentionally struck, Mr. Germani had encountered Defendant Lewis a short distance away at the intersection of Montgomery Ferry Road and Flagler Avenue. According to the investigation, an argument ensued between the men after Mr. Germani was almost struck by the Defendant’s vehicle. Germani rode away on his bicycle. Defendant Lewis then followed the victim and rammed the rear of his bicycle with the SUV he was driving—dragging the victim nearly 50 feet. Defendant Lewis fled the scene. He surrendered to authorities nearly a month after the crime. Mr. Germani suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the incident and is still undergoing rehabilitative treatment.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs presided over the case—sentencing the Defendant immediately following his plea.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Linda Dunikoski with assistance from DA Investigators Michael Green and Terence Wise. Detectives Z. Kramer and R. Jackson of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.