Atlanta – Driver charged with DUI in crash that killed 85-year-old woman | ajc.com

An 85-year-old woman died following a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon, and the driver of the second car involved was arrested, Cobb County Police said.

Kathryn J. LaPointe, of Marietta, was turning onto Terrell Mill Road from the Walmart in the 1700 block of Cobb Parkway when her white, 2006 Ford Taurus was struck on the driver’s side, Sgt. Dana Pierce said in an emailed statement late Tuesday.

Investigators believe Cynthia D. Max, 45, of Powder Springs, was traveling southbound on Terrell Mill Road in a silver Hyundai Tucson at the time of the crash, Pierce said.

“As the Ford pulled out, it was struck on the driver’s side by the Hyundai,” Pierce said.

LaPointe was transported by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, but died from her injuries, according to police.

Max sustained minor injuries, but declined treatment, Pierce said. She was arrested at the scene of the wreck and charged with driving under the influence, a misdemeanor, Cobb County jail records show. Max was still being booked in early Wednesday and her mugshot was not yet available.

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Canton, Ga. – Groom charged with killing wife in drunken crash hours after wedding  | NY Daily News

A Georgia man has been charged with killing his newlywed in a December drunken driving crash — only hours after the two tied the knot.

Ryan Quinton, 28, originally told cops he’d seen a dog on a rural highway when he swerved out of the way and lost control of his Pontiac Firebird, ejecting 25-year-old Kali Dobson from the car. The vehicle came to rest in an embankment, on top of the blond-haired newlywed.

Tests showed Quinton had a 0.114 blood-alcohol level, above the state’s .08 limit.

Quinton, of Jasper, was booked at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center on Wednesday and charged with DUI, weaving over a roadway, reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

Kali Dobson, 25, died at the scene before emergency workers could respond.

He was later released on a $25,000 bond, Lt. Jay Baker told the Daily News.

The tragic crash happened only hours after the couple married earlier in the day at the Wheeler House on Gilmer Ferry Road, where the happy couple also had their wedding reception.

Afterwards, an allegedly drunken Quinton got behind the wheel and took off down Ball Ground Highway.

After the crash, Quinton staggered away from the scene and flagged down a bystander for help.

Kali Dobson was an orthodontic assistant who loved music. She died only hours after her wedding and her husband, who authorities say was drunk, was charged with vehicular homicide.

“His shirt was all torn up and he was bleeding,” the witness, Chris Thomas, told WSBTV. “He had blood all over his face and blood was coming out of his hands and stuff and just looked bad. And it scared me to death.”

Thomas said he called 911 while trying to comfort the wailing groom, who desperately wanted to save his wife.

The pretty young bride died at the scene.

“There was nothing that could be done,” Thomas recalled. “The car was on top of her. You couldn’t even see her.”

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Cobb County, Georgia – Man killed in early morning crash; driver charged | www.ajc.com

Acworth man killed in early morning accident; driver charged photo

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A 50-year-old Acworth man was struck and killed early Saturday in an accident along Mars Hill Road near Cobb Parkway.

James Underwood parked his Ford F-150, which was pulling a cargo trailer, in an area between northbound and southbound lanes and got out to put some signs along the side of the road, said Officer Mike Bowman with the Cobb County Police Department.

About 12:40 a.m., a southbound Chevrolet Silverado veered out of its lane and slammed into the pickup truck.

Underwood, who was standing near his pickup, was hit by one of the two vehicles and knocked to the ground, Bowman said.

Underwood was taken by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. He was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the Silverado, 48-year-old Kenneth Chitwood of Acworth, was not injured in the accident, Bowman said. He was arrested on multiple charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain lane and first-degree homicide by vehicle.

Chitwood was being held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond.

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Smyrna, Ga. – Baby dies in alleged DUI crash; Father charged | www.ajc.com

An 8-month-old baby riding in an improperly installed car seat was killed late Saturday in an alcohol-related, head-on crash in Smyrna, police said. The child’s father is charged with vehicular homicide.

Two other children, a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old, also were injured but were expected to recover, said Cpl. Ed Cason, a spokesman for the Smyrna police. Three adults also were injured.

The accident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Windy Hill Road at South Cobb Drive. A car driven by Darren Curry, 31, crossed into the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with another vehicle, driven by Jose Diaz of Marietta.

None of the three children in Curry’s car was properly restrained in a booster seat or seat belt, police said.

Curry is the father of the 8-month-old girl who died as well as of at least one of the other children, Cason said. Police have not released the children’s names. The family lives in an unincorporated area of Cobb County.

The 3-year-old underwent surgery at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for abdominal injuries. The child is expected to recover, as is the 7-year-old, Cason said.

Curry also was taken to Kennestone, along with the deceased child’s mother, Wykenia Harris, 29, and Diaz, the other driver.

A dog in Curry’s car also died.

In addition to vehicular homicide, police charged Curry with driving under the influence. Authorities expect to file additional charges after they evaluate the other children’s injuries, Cason said Sunday.

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Atlanta – City worker charged with homicide, DUI in dump truck wreck | 11alive.com

Authorities have charged a City of Atlanta employee in a fatal accident involving a Department of Public Works dump truck.

According to Atlanta Police, Melvin Callahan was charged with Homicide by Vehicle in the first degree, DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane stemming for an accident that killed a Dept. of Public Works employee in early November.

The accident happened early Saturday morning after an Atlanta Public Works dump truck lost control on Interstate 75 near Cleveland Avenue. As a result of the crash, 54-year-old Derryl Simmons, a city employee, was killed.

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Thomasville, Georgia – Man killed on bike by suspected drunk driver | MySouthwestGA.com

An accident in Thomas County yesterday afternoon took the life of one.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a Mustang driven by Jeffrey Neel was traveling northbound on U.S. 319 near Pettigrew Lane when the car struck Kevin Mondoux who was traveling on a bicycle.

Mondoux was killed on impact and EMS unsuccessfully tried to revive him.

Neel has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding 80 mph in a 55 mph zone, reckless driving, and homicide by vehicle in the first degree.

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DeKalb Co., Ga. – Motorcyclist killed in overnight collision with suspected drunk driver | www.ajc.com

A motorcyclist was killed early Friday when he was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Ponce de Leon Avenue in DeKalb County, police said.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. in the 1900 block of Ponce de Leon, in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

DeKalb police Capt. Steve Fore told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Kevin Lach, 24, was driving westbound on Ponce de Leon when he crossed the center line and struck a motorcycle head-on.

The motorcyclist, 58-year-old Nathanial Hollis, died at the scene.

Fore said in an e-mail that Lach was charged with driving under the influence, first-degree vehicular homicide and failure to maintain lane.

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