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Athens man charged after truck strikes pole

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — An Athens driver hit a utility pole then left the accident and his injured passenger, police said.

And the driver has never had a license.

Lt. Floyd Johnson said a witness saw a truck hit the pole, splitting it, at 11:29 p.m. Tuesday on Clinton Street, between Wood and McClellan streets.

The witness called police.

When officers Daniel McNatt and Shelby Castro arrived, no one was in the truck. Johnson said the truck’s owner came to the scene and told officers that the driver had fled and the passenger was at his home and was injured.

Johnson identified the driver as Jesus Romero Gonzalez, 18, of 208 Wood St. He identified the passenger as Jaime Nava Armenta, 20, of Athens.

While officers investigated, Armenta came to the scene with head injuries, Johnson said. He went by private vehicle to Athens-Limestone Hospital.

McNatt arrested Gonzalez on Wednesday at 2:20 a.m. at his home.

Gonzalez was in the Limestone County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bond, charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and driving without first obtaining a license.

The county jail had Gonzalez listed as 20 years old and living at 206 Wood St.

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