Man Accused of Hit and Run in Athens Must Stay in Oconee County

A Clarke County judge has rejected a request from William Wilson Heaton to remove his ankle monitor and move to Bartow County.


A Clarke County judge rejected a petition from the man accused of running over Emily Bowman in a hit-and-run accident to remove his ankle monitor and leave Oconee County. 

A judge last week denied William Wilson Heaton's request to remove the monitor and move to Bartow County with his grandfather, according to WSBTV.

The news agency reports Heaton made the request so he could work in order to pay for his legal expenses. He must remain in Oconee County with his mother.

Bowman, a former Kennesaw State University student and Woodstock High School graduate, was hospitalized in critical condition at Athens Regional Medical Center between Feb. 16 and March 8 when she was hit by a pick-up truck as she and a friend walked along Oak Street. 

They were walking on the grassy shoulder, investigators believe, when 22-year-old Heaton's Mazda pickup left the road and then hit Bowman from behind as he returned the vehicle to the road. He left the area and abandoned the truck, police believe.

Heaton surrendered himself to the Clarke County Sheriff's Office and has been charged with hit-and-run, driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, and open container. 

He was granted a $50,000 bond, and had to relinquish his driver’s license, abstain from drinking alcohol, remain under house arrest from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m., find a place in Athens-Clarke or Oconee counties to live. He was also fitted with an ankle monitor. 

Bowman, who lives in Woodstock, was initially moved to the Shepherd Center, but later discharged to give her more time to recover before taking on physical therapy. She was recently admitted to Children's Health Care at Scottish Rite and is slated to come home on May 29. 

Sunshine on a Ranney Day, a Roswell-based nonprofit organization, has pitched in to help renovate the Bowman home to make it more accessible for Bowman.

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Green May 20, 2013 at 05:54 PM
What I don't understand is...why can't William Wilson Heaton get a job in Clarke or Oconee counties? Why does his attorney think he has to work for his grandfather?


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