Sandy Springs Police investigators brought seven additional charges against a suspect in a hit-and-run fatality incident on April 25 with six more charges, including possession of Schedule 1 narcotics.

Dominique Houston, 38, of Newnam, was arrested on April 28 and charged with two counts of hit and run, first degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and following too closely on April 26 after a man and his dog were killed in an incident on Hammond Drive east of Glenridge just before 8 p.m. on April 25, according to SSPD.

Michael Farmer, 25, of Sandy Springs, died from injuries caused by the hit-and-run incident on April 25.

Michael Farmer, 25, of Sandy Springs, and his dog, Bruce, died from injuries suffered as a result of a collision, SSPD said.

According to the Sandy Springs Police Department, Farmer and his dog were walking on the southern side of Hammond Drive west of Glendridge Drive and close to Brookgreen Road. The suspect’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed east on Hammond when Farmer and his dog were struck and killed by a white sedan traveling eastbound that fled the scene, according to SSPD.

Investigators went to the Fulton County Jail on April 29 to serve additional warrants on Houston stemming from the incident when they learned the suspect had been released, SSPD spokesman Sgt. Salvador Ortega said.

Jail records show Houston was booked on the additional charges on April 30 and remained in the jail awaiting a court hearing.

The new charges include:

  • Speeding 68 mph in a 35 mph zone
  • Failure to obey traffic control device, two counts
  • Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk (SSPD said the suspect nearly struck a second pedestrian at another intersection)
  • Possession of Schedule 1 narcotics
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Drivers to use due care when approaching a pedestrian

SSPD said the same vehicle had been involved in another hit-and-run crash with a vehicle near Roswell Road and I-285. A police spokesperson said Houston is accused of fleeing the first incident at a high rate of speed when her vehicle allegedly hit Farmer and the dog.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sandy Springs Police Traffic Investigator Needham at CNeedham@SandySpringsGA.Gov or by calling 470-306-8040.

This story is based on a preliminary police report that does not include all the information SSPD might have. Anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty, and details may change as the investigation continues. 

Update: This story has been updated with information about further charges in the case.

Bob Pepalis

Bob Pepalis covers Sandy Springs for Reporter Newspapers.