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1 Charged In Hit-And-Run, Motorcyclist Killed

Posted at 2:25 PM, Aug 28, 2016

Authorities said a woman has been charged in a fatal hit and run crash with a motorcycle.

The incident happened around 3 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Bell Road near Zelida Avenue.

Reports stated a grey Nissan Altima, driven by 30-year-old Linda Sarmiento, hit a 2002 Honda motorcycle, driven by Jorge Gonzalez. Sarmiento then fled from the scene.

According to officials, Gonzalez was critically injured, and his passenger, 23-year-old Emily Garlit, was killed in the wreck.

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Emily Garlit and Jorge Gonzalez

Authorities confirmed the motorcycle belonged to Garlit who was thrown from it in the crash and passed away at the scene.

Sadly, less than two weeks before the crash, Garlit posted the following on social media:

Gonzalez was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Family members of Garlit confirmed Gonzalez was Garlit's boyfriend. At her passing, Garlit left behind a 5-year-old daughter.

Saturday evening, officials said the suspect, Sarmiento, surrendered herself to authorities and admitted her involvement in the crash.

Sarmiento has been charged with driving on a revoked license and failure to provide proof of insurance.

According to reports, additional charges were anticipated after the investigation has been completed.

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Linda Sarmiento, age 30

In an interview, Sarmiento said she had been drinking before attempting to make a U-turn at the entrance of her apartment complex in the 600 block of Bell Road. She was turning around to go to the store.

When she heard a noise and saw the two motorcycle riders sliding across the road, Sarmiento said she panicked and went back to her apartment. 

The suspect's vehicle was recovered from the apartment complex.

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According to previous reports, she was convicted of a DUI in 2014.

No further details were available.