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Hartselle man pleads guilty to leaving scene of accident in case of mother pushing child

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

A Hartselle man, who left the scene of an accident that killed a woman walking with her baby on U.S. 31 South last year, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene.

David Leon Hicks, 49, of 38 Jenkins Court entered the plea before Circuit Judge Sherrie Paler on Monday.

Reportedly, Vanessa Rush, 39, was pushing her 1-year-old son in a stroller near midnight on the major highway July 24, 2006. Hicks struck Rush and left the scene of the accident. Rush's body was found in the median.

The impact threw the infant, Phoenix Rush, into northbound lanes. The child escaped harm from other motorists. MedFlight took the child to Huntsville Hospital where a pediatric staff treated him for a mild concussion, according to reports.

Police arrested Hicks on July 29 and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident.

Paler scheduled sentencing in Hicks' case for Jan. 3. He remains free on a $10,000 bond.

Before the accident, someone called Decatur police and asked that someone check on the welfare of a woman and her child on U.S. 31.

Police wondered why Rush was walking late at night on the highway, but a neighbor said she frequently did that.

Unrelated case

In an unrelated case, an Arab man pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of accident after leaving a female on the road who fell off the back of his motorcycle.

Donald Anthony Weaver, 40, of Ruth Circle, entered the plea before Paler.

A court official said the accident occurred Aug. 20, and the woman did not die.

Weaver has a plea agreement with the district attorney's office and a probation hearing is set for March 26, a court official said. Weaver is free on a $750 bond.

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