Assistant Police Chief Jamie Newsome said Almasi Lyles, 26, of 622 Jefferson St., Cedartown, was arrested at 8 p.m. Monday night. He faces charges of serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and drag racing, Newsome said.
Darius Jamal Strong, 22, of 537 Irwin St., Cedartown, had already been charged in the incident, but now faces a new charge of drag racing, according to Newsome.
Newsome said the child, Elijah Diamond, 8, is recovering in an Atlanta hospital.
He said police had been investigating the Jefferson Street incident as a reckless driving case until officers heard rumors of drag racing.
Officers canvassed the neighborhood Monday, interviewed residents, and discovered there was evidence that drag racing was involved, he said.
Witnesses’ statements led police to Lyles, he said.
According to police, Strong was in the right lane and Lyles was traveling against traffic flow on Jefferson Street. Strong went off the road at Martelle Street, allegedly striking the boy. Lyles then went home, police said.
Newsome said both men will face the same charges because both contributed to the child’s injuries.