Police search for suspect in hit-and-run collision at gas station air pump that caused serious injury

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Update: According to the Gwinnett County Police Dept. the suspect identified as 36-year-old Christopher Dale Bruner of Winder.

He is in custody at Gwinnett County Detention Center and charged with Felony Hit & Run and Serious Injury by Vehicle

The original story is below.


DACULA — Gwinnett County Police are searching for a man who was caught on a gas station surveillance camera backing into a car while the car’s driver was using a gas station air pump. The victim was seriously injured in the collision.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect connected to the hit and run collision that resulted in serious injuries. 

On Sept. 4, the victim parked next to the air pump at the BP gas station located at 352 Harbins Road in Dacula. She went to the passenger side to put air in her tires.

According to police, the suspect was seen inside the gas station shortly before 8 p.m. He was seen using the ATM and shopping for various items.  The suspect then walked out of the store but did not immediately leave. He was seen talking to an unknown black male at about 8:12 p.m.

Police say once the suspect decided to leave, he backed out of the parking space, stopped momentarily, and then continued in reverse at a high rate of speed. He struck the victim’s vehicle causing damage to it and serious injury to her. The suspect then quickly left the scene and headed north on Harbins Road. The suspect never called police and did not return to the scene.

Police described the suspect as a heavy-set white male, appearing in his 20s, wearing a black and white hat, gray Georgia Bulldogs t-shirt, black shorts, and New Balance tennis shoes. The suspect vehicle is described as a silver Ford SUV with a Georgia “G” sticker in the lower right corner of the rear window.

Police are asking anyone who has any information to share in this case to contact the investigator at 678-442-5626. To remain anonymous, tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  The case number is 19-081646.

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