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Charges pending after hit and run

Charges are pending against Pablo Valenciano after his GMC Yukon was involved in a hit-and-run accident on South Congress Boulevard Sunday. Valenciano allegedly struck the Buick Century of Kathy Phillips and the trailer and Dodge Dakota of Rodney Pelham. Valenciano was airlifted after he crashed ...

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A man who apparently lost control of his vehicle while attempting to flee the scene of a Sunday afternoon accident will likely face charges when he recovers from his injuries.
According to Trooper Tommy Cooper of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Pablo Valenciano was involved in a hit-and-run accident on South Congress Boulevard just after 2:30 p.m.
The trooper said Valenciano was traveling south on Congress Boulevard near the intersectionm with Bryant Street when his GMC Yukon struck a Buick Sentry driven by Kathy Phillips in the rear. Phillips was reportedly stopped in the southbound lane waiting for the traffic light.
Phillips Buick was then driven into an eight-foot utility trailer pulled by a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck driven by Rodney Pelham, who was stopped in front of Phillips.
Valenciano then allegedly left the scene at a high rate of speed, losing control shortly thereafter on Braswell Lane. The Yukon  left the roadway on the right side and overturned, losing a wheel and coming to rest on the remaining three wheels in a yard.
DeKalb EMS transported Valenciano to DeKalb Community Hospital, and he was later flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga by Life Force helicopter.
Phillips and her passenger, 12-year-old Damien Phelps, were transported to DeKalb Community by DeKalb EMS, and were treated and released. Pelham and his wife Teresa, a passenger in his truck, escaped injury.
The THP said charges are pending against Valenciano .
Members of the Smithville Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department and Trooper Bobby Johnson assisted at the scenes.
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