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Hit and run driver gets 30 years in fatal Kennesaw crash
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Hit and run driver gets 30 years in fatal Kennesaw crash

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An Atlanta man will spend time in prison after pleading guilty to causing a traffic accident that killed two teenage girls.

A Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced 28-year-old Tansu Kanlica to 30 years, with 20 to serve in prison. He was convicted Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, and hit and run.

The accident happened May 25, 2014, when Kanlica, a locksmith, was called to a Kennesaw Walmart to help a customer. The customer, Garrett Kyle Anderson, drove away without paying; Kanlica followed him, beginning a chase.

Prosecutors said Kanlica quickly lost control of his car and plowed into three girls who were walking down the sidewalk beside Barrett Lakes Boulevard on their way to see a movie.

One victim, 15-year-old Reina As-Salaam, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another, 16-year-old Juliana Ferrell, died of her injuries several days later at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. The third victim, 16-year-old Monica Epps, broke her leg in the accident.

"He struck the victims and left the scene," Cobb County ADA Jason Samuels said of Kanlica in court. "He failed to summon aid, he failed to identify himself, he failed to perform any of the acts required by Georgia law and basic human decency."

As part of his sentence, Kanlica must pay $196,000 in restitution to his victims. He is a permanent resident of the U.S., but a judge told him he will likely be deported to his native Turkey upon completing his sentence.

In September 2013, Kanlica was charged with misdemeanor battery after he attacked a teenage girl as she walked to a MARTA bus stop in Midtown Atlanta.

Vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle charges are pending against Anderson, whose trial is scheduled to begin in April.

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