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Driver charged with hitting children, killing one, faces vehicular homicide charge

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The driver accused of hitting three boys as they walked on the sidewalk had his charges upgraded after one of the boys died.

Isaiah Ward, 9, died Sunday night when he was taken off of life support. The other children who were injured are Isaiah's brother, 11-year-old Roland Ward, and their friend, 12-year-old Timothy Hood. Relatives said both boys are showing signs of improvement.

Ryan Lisabeth, the 28-year-old suspect in this case, stood before a judge Monday. Those charges include first degree vehicular homicide, driving on the wrong side of the road, possession of heroin, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs, and serious injury by vehicle.

CBS46 learned Lisabeth has an extensive arrest record in Fulton and Cherokee counties almost all of them drug and alcohol related. 

Police say Friday he was speeding behind the wheel. Investigators believe he was under the influence of drugs.

Lisabeth's family released the following statement:

Please accept this statement on behalf of Ryan Lisabeth and his family. Mr. Lisabeth and his family are deeply concerned for the families and those affected by the horrible car accident this past weekend in Atlanta.  Mr. Lisabeth and his family remain hopeful for the full recovery of the two boys that were injured in this tragic car accident. 

Mr. Lisabeth and his family ask for you to please keep your focus on the full recovery of those involved in this accident.  The Lisabeth family kindly requests that you respect their privacy as this is a very difficult time for their family as well.

Lisabeth is currently being held without bond.

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