Hit-and-run suspect appears in court

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COLUMBUS, Ga. – The suspect involved in the deadly crash that a killed a beloved Carver coach made his first appearance in court Thursday.  19-year-old William Cross is charged with felony murder in connection to the hit-and-run crash that killed David Pollard.

Police say Cross was driving a stolen car when he ran a red light on Buena Vista Road and crashed into Pollard’s car on April 18th.  They say he ran from the scene and was arrested Monday.

Cross pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance.  In court, police revealed that Cross was going 60 miles per hour in a 35 zone at the time of the crash.

Carlos Pollard was in court Thursday as the suspect accused of killing his brother, David Pollard, made his first court appearance.

“It’s not a win-win situation because you have another kid who is locked up, going to jail for actually stealing a car and you have my brother who is dead,” Pollard said.

Police arrested Cross at the Value Place on Victory Drive earlier this week.

“There was a sense of relief, but at the same time it doesn’t change the fact that my brother’s not here.  He was a good father, good family man and a pillar in the community so, we lost a really good person,” Pollard said.

Police say officer video and private surveillance video played a large role in this case.

“That subject was tracked on video prior to this crash.  At the time of the crash, there was evidence left at the scene that was traced back to that suspect through all that video and other physical evidence,” said Lt. Thomas Dent.

Police say that evidence was a gray sweat band and red jacket that had a key to the Value Place in the pocket.

“I do know that his mother and sister were living in that hotel room,” Lt. Dent said.

An anonymous tipster told police Cross’ mom told her pastor that her son was involved in the crash.  Police say they are still investigating whether anyone will be charged in aiding Cross.

Pollard says his family is praying to get through this tragedy.  “We’re still going through the grieving process, but we’re a strong, God-fearing family so most definitely that has been keeping us together along with the support from the family members and the community,” Pollard explained.

Police also said in court that Columbus police were chasing the suspect at the time of the crash.  They have now launched an internal investigation into that chase, which they say is normal protocol.

Cross is being held without bond on a murder charge.  He is also charged with homicide by motor vehicle, theft by taking an auto, and failing to render aid among other charges.

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