NWGA Scanner | October 26th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department crash report, on Wednesday, October 19th, 2021, at around 10:10 PM, a 2011 Ford F-150 being driven by a 19-year-old was stopped on Thornton Avenue just south of the intersection with West Walnut Avenue, waiting to turn right onto Walnut Avenue in the right turning lane. A 1993 Ford E-150 Van was traveling northbound on Thornton Avenue behind the F-150. The van suddenly rear-ended the F-150. According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, Officer McDaniel was dispatched to the area. While en route, dispatch informed officers that multiple passersby’s called 911 and stated that the vehicle was left by itself with no driver around. Officer McDaniel arrived and observed the vehicle appeared to have been abandoned. According to the report, “Despite being abandoned, it was clear that the vehicle was involved in some kind of motor vehicle accident. It had sustained disabling damage that was focused around the front left corner.” Shortly after this, a man who would later be identified as Daniel Favela Hernandez, 36, of Dalton, walked up to the vehicle. According to the report, He informed the officer that his friend was driving the van itself at the time of the crash. Officer McDaniel reported, “Despite being friends with the man, he didn’t know the man well enough to know his full name. However, he described his friend as wearing a white tee-shirt and blue jeans as he ran away from the scene. When [I] asked why his friend ran away, he said that the man didn’t have a driver’s license and he was scared of going to jail. He told me that he attempted to run after his friend but couldn’t find him after checking on the secondary driver.”
Daniel then informed Sargent Bowen he was a passenger in the van at the time of the crash. Officer McDaniel reported, “[I] found this difficult to believe due to the fact that the vehicle had an incredible amount of trash and litter that was in the passenger seat and floorboard.” The officer also observed the airbags on the passenger side did not deploy during the crash. The officer also noticed that he had minor scrapes and injuries on his forearms as well as his neck and chin, consistent with injuries that are sustained when an airbag is deployed. Daniel was adamant that he wasn’t the driver despite mounting evidence that proved otherwise. Daniel continued to lie to officers and provide false information that didn’t exist. According to the crash report, “This was done in an attempt to hinder the investigation of law enforcement officers.” The teenager who was struck responded to the scene and advised officers that Daniel was, in fact, the man who was driving van. According to the report, “She also informed officers that after the crash happened, Daniel jumped out of the driver’s seat and begged her to lie to the police. He informed her that he didn’t have a driver’s license and if law enforcement found out, he would be taken to jail, which he didn’t want to happen.” Daniel was charged with hit and run, obstruction, following too closely, operating of a vehicle without current revalidation decal, driving while license is suspended 2nd offense. Daniel was also served with a probate court warrant.