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17-year-old found dead in Peachtree City after apparently crashing a golf cart, puzzling police

The teen's body was found on Highway 74, directly across the road from the golf cart, which the family discovered in a grassy area nearby. Police said his injuries were extensive, but the golf cart was not damaged.
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This golf cart was found in a grassy patch off Highway 74, across the road from where Christopher Jordon Babilonia, 17, was found dead.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – A 17-year-old is dead after he was apparently in an accident involving a golf cart in Peachtree City.

Police have arrested Elania Marie Montelongo, 24, of Newman in connection with this case. She is facing felony hit-and-run charges and police said more charges could be pending.

Elania Marie Montelongo, 24, is facing charges of felony hit-and-run in the death of a Peachtree City teen found dead on Highway 74, with a golf cart nearby.Credit: Peachtree City Police Department

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Christopher Jordan Babilonia, 17, was found on Highway 74 north of the intersection of Paschal Drive in the southbound lanes, just before 11:30 p.m Thursday. Police said he suffered significant injuries that appeared consistent with being hit by a car – but there are no witnesses or traffic cameras in the area that may have captured what happened.

His body was found directly across the road from the golf cart, which was found in a grassy patch off the road, with no significant damage.

The cart was found in a wooded area just off the path of a golf cart tunnel that runs under Highway 74 – about a mile from his home.

Investigators did not find the cart – the family did, said Odelia Berg from Peachtree City Police.

“The young man was involved in a golf cart accident in the area. He sustained severe injuries from the accident, but we don’t know how he ended up in the road,” Berg said. “We are desperately asking for assistance from anyone who saw the golf cart accident or how he ended up in the roadway.”

Since there was no significant damage to the cart, police are unsure if it was involved in the accident.

Friday, investigators are looking at the cart’s tire tracks which go off a nearby path toward a retaining wall and then into the woods.

On Highway 74, police found skid marks in the area where Babilonia’s body was. Police do not know if they are related to the teen’s death.

“Initially, we thought it was, so we wanted to preserve that. We are waiting to confirm whether the skid marks are old,” Berg said. “We will use some stop data from other car stops to see if the skid marks are old or fresh.”

Berg said Peachtree City has over 100 miles of golf cart paths. With no traffic cameras in the area, Berg said it is difficult for investigators to determine exactly what happened. The boy's family did not know what he was doing in the area, or why he was driving a golf cart.

“Being that he was so young, you know, it’s concerning to everybody and is really difficult,” Berg said.

Peachtree City Police are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything to come forward and call police at 770-461-4357, or send an anonymous tip by texting information to PTCTIPS.

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