Friends and family held a vigil on Monday for a pregnant woman who police say was run over by her boyfriend. The woman's father says he doesn't believe the boyfriend intentionally killed his daughter.
Police say Brian Feltman hit 27-year-old Meghann Pope with a truck early Sunday morning in a Locust Grove neighborhood. Authorities said that Pope was looking for Feltman at the time that she was hit. Feltman was reportedly on his way home from a party.
Feltman called 911 after the incident, according to Major Jason Bolton of the Henry County Police Department.
Investigators have charged Feltman with felony murder and feticide. Officers told FOX 5's Julia Reynolds that Feltman was under the influence and will likely also face a DUI charge.
Meghann Pope's father, Lawrence, said that his daughter was four months pregnant with a girl.
"She was so excited about that baby," said Lawrence Pope.
The distraught father said he doesn't believe that Feltman intentionally hit his daughter.
"We don't believe that he did this on purpose. It was an accident. We want everybody to know that he didn't run his girlfriend down…They did have an argument that night. He left," said Lawrence Pope. "He didn't do it out of intent. This is not his character. Did they have a spat? Maybe so."
Haley Hood said she was with both Pope and Feltman before the accident.
"It's terrible people are making out to look like a murderer. And the police, what they are saying about him. I know it was an accident. He would never run her over like that, never," said Hood.
Friends and family held a vigil for Meghann Pope on Monday night at the location where she was struck by the vehicle.
Lawrence Pope said he wanted Feltman to know that he is praying for him and his family.
"Brian loved my daughter. He made a mistake. It was an accident. We love Brian and we will do everything we can to help him out," said Pope.
Court records show that Feltman had a previous arrest for robbery and failure to pay child support.
Feltman is being held in the Henry County Jail. His next hearing has been set for September 10. He is reportedly under suicide watch.
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