News Nearby: Bond Set at $50,000 for Man Charged in Athens Hit-and-Run Case

William Wilson Heaton, Jr. turned himself into the Clarke County Jail on Wednesday after police obtained arrest warrants.

The suspect in last month's hit-and-run that left a Woodstock woman in critical condition turned himself into the Clarke County Jail on Wednesday.

William Wilson Heaton, Jr., 22, of Rydal has been charged with hit-and-run, driving under the influence, serious injury by  vehicle, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, and open container, according to Athens Clarke County Police.

Bond was set Thursday at $50,000, the Athens Banner-Herald reports, and there are conditions, including that Heaton must reside in the Western Judicial Circuit.

Police claim that Heaton's Mazda pickup hit Kennesaw State University student Emily Bowman, 19, around 3 a.m. Feb. 16, as she and a friend walked home from another friend's birthday party.

They were walking on the grassy shoulder, investigators believe, when the truck left the road and then hit Bowman from behind as it returned to the road. The truck was found later, abandoned, police said.

Bowman has remained hospitalized at Athens Regional Medical Center since the incident. 

Though he now lives in Rydal, Heaton is no stranger to the Athens area. Records show he played football as a junior at Oconee High School.

Heaton has extended family members in Bartow County.

Police have spent countless hours after the accident studying video footage from downtown Athens and from various establishments in downtown, trying to establish Heaton's whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Bowman has made slow, but steady progress in her recovery and her friends and her family have documented her tenure at the hospital on the Bows For Bowman Facebook page.

They've also arranged fundraisers to bring in money for the family to pay for Bowman's medical bills and other essential expenses related to her recovery.


Bryan Chandlee-Exum March 08, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Stephanie, Can you tell me about the fundraisers? i would like to donate to this precious, beautiful young lady and her family.
Stephanie Gross March 08, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Hi Bryan, According to Bows for Bowman, the family has set up a bank account called "Emily Taylor Bowman's Medical Bill Fund." Donations to the account can be made at any Wells Fargo bank. There was a fundraiser yesterday in Woodstock. I'll be on the lookout for any local fundraisers and let you know.


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