Monroe Co., Georgia – Alleged drunk driver charged after passenger is thrown from vehicle, killed |

A man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck early Tuesday morning in Monroe County – and officials are blaming the driver for the wreck.

Mr. Jonathan Elijah Watson, 46, was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and no seat belt, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The wreck happened around 1:30 a.m. on Ga. 42 near Blount Road, the sheriff’s spokeswoman Mrs. Allison Selman-Willis said.

Mr. Watson was driving a 1999 Chevy Silverado on the highway when he left the roadway and overcorrected, Mrs. Selman-Willis said.

“The truck overturned partially ejecting Michael Wayne Lindler, 56, out of the passenger side window,” Mrs. Selman-Willis said. “Watson sustained some injuries and was transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment.”

Mr. Lindler died on the scene. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, the spokeswoman said.

via Alleged drunk driver charged after passenger is thrown from vehicle, killed – Atlanta public safety |

Atlanta: Alleged drunk driver charged in hit-and-run killing 11-year-old |

Mr. Gatha M. Dyer, 33, was charged with vehicular homicide in the hit and run of a 12-year-old boy, police said.

Gatha M. Dyer

A 33-year-old man was charged late Monday in the deadly hit and run of a 11-year-old boy – and police said he was driving drunk when he left the child to die on a sidewalk in southwest Atlanta.

Mr. Gatha M. Dyer was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving, according to Atlanta police.

He was also charged with driving with a suspended license, failure to yield and failure to maintain lane, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of the child as Patrick Williams, 11, of Riverdale.

Around 5:30 p.m. officers responded to Boulder Park Drive and Brownlee Road after getting a report of a child struck by a vehicle, according to Atlanta police.

Officers arrived to find the child deceased on the sidewalk, police spokesman Officer John Chafee said.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was traveling east on Boulder Park Drive when it struck the child as he crossed the street,” Officer Chafee said. “The vehicle then left the scene.”

The suspected driver later turned himself in to police in Clayton County, Officer Chafee said.

Mr. Dyer remained in the Fulton County jail Tuesday on $8,200 bond, according to booking records.

via Update: Alleged drunk driver charged in fatal hit and run of 11-year-old boy – Atlanta Crime |

Clayton Co., GA: Man in stalled car killed by suspected drunk driver |

A Cobb County man died early Sunday when his car was hit from behind by a suspected drunk driver, according to police.

Olvin Gallo-Flores, 25, of Mableton, was inside his 2004 Nissan 350 ZX on the I-285 westbound ramp from I-75 north in Clayton County when the car stalled, according to police.

While Gallo-Flores was stuck in lane four in the stalled car, he was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Express Cargo Van shortly before 5 a.m., Clayton County police said. Gallo-Flores died in the wreck.

Charges are pending against the driver and a passenger of the van, whose names were not released, according to police. Investigators believe both people in the van were under the influence of alcohol.

via Man in stalled car killed by suspected drunk driver |

Atlanta: Underage driver + allegedly drunk + 5 a. m. = Passenger dead |

A 20-year-old woman was allegedly driving drunk when police said she caused a predawn crash that killed one of her passengers and injured another Saturday on an Atlanta interstate ramp.

Ms. Stephanie Jang, of Duluth, was charged with DUI, reckless driving, homicide by vehicle, and failure to maintain lane, according to Atlanta police.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the deceased passenger as Ms. Patricia Lie, 21, of Suwanee.

The crash happened about 5 a.m. on the Brookwood Interchange ramp from I-75 southbound to I-85 northbound, police spokesman Mr. Carlos Campos said.

Investigators said Ms. Jang was driving a 2012 Toyota Corrolla southbound on I-75 when she attempted to enter I-85 northbound and lost control of the car, which stuck the embankment beside the road.

Ms. Jang and an unidentified passenger were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition, Mr. Campos said.

The second passenger, Ms. Lie, died at the scene, officials said.

via Duluth woman charged in DUI crash that killed 1 passenger, injured another – Atlanta public safety |

Utica, NY: Ex-county legislator’s ’05, ’08 DWI cases postponed again |


Edward Revere

The case of a former Oneida County legislator accused of hiding out of state to avoid several DWI-related charges was postponed one more time Tuesday morning.

Edward Revere, 47, appeared in court with a Syracuse attorney, Ralph Habib, but the attorney told Judge Barry M. Donalty that he had not yet been formally retained on these most current matters.

Donalty gave Revere until next Tuesday to hire the attorney, and that’s when Revere will be back in court to answer charges that have been pending since 2005 and 2008.

Revere, who represented parts of New Hartford and nearby towns in the late 1990s, was brought to court this week on two warrants for violating his probation on a 2005 felony DWI conviction and for failing to appear in court on another felony DWI charge in 2008.

Revere had been living in Georgia when U.S. marshals finally caught up with him last month.

via Ex-county legislator’s DWI cases postponed – Utica, NY – The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York.

Cobb Co., GA: DUI on a dozer? Man tries the wrong kind of dozing at 2:30 a.m.  |

Cody Ray Gibbs

A Cobb County man was free on bond Tuesday after spending four days in custody for allegedly damaging property while on a bulldozer, according to police.

Cody Ray Gibbs is accused of destroying property at a construction site, according to Cobb County police.

Cody Ray Gibbs, 22, was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he intentionally destroyed concrete curbing, erosion silt fence and landscaping at a construction site near Powder Springs where homes were to be built, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Gibbs did not have consent of the property owners to operate the bulldozer between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Aug. 2, the warrant states.

via Drunk driving a bulldozer?  |

GA: State Patrol says woman involved in fatal crash with deputy was intoxicated |

Georgia State Patrol says 23-year-old Patricia Collins of Richmond Hill was intoxicated when she was driving the wrong way on Interstate 95.

Police say her car crashed head on with Deputy Bobby Crapes June 15th, and her blood alcohol content was .1-3-9.   The legal limit is point .8.   GSP says her credit card was used at the Congress Street Social Club in downtown Savannah that night.  Plus, it was used again around 1 a.m. at the Saddlebags Bar on River Street.  Police say the accident happened at 2 a.m. when Collins was heading south in the northbound lane of Interstate 95  and hit Crapes patrol car head on.  He died instantly.  Collins suffered two broken femurs and a fractured vertebrae, but has been released from the hospital.

We’ve also learned that Collins worked at a plant in Riceboro.  No charges will be filed until the investigation is complete.  Deputy Crapes was 32 years old.  He leaves behind a wife and three children.

via Woman involved in fatal crash with deputy intoxicated | The Coastal Source.

Atlanta: Suspected drunk driver hits, kills motorist who got out to inspect wrecked vehicle |

An Atlanta man stepped out of his car to inspect the damage after hitting a guardrail, and moments later he was dead – hit by an alleged drunk driver, police said.

They have charged the driver who had to be rescued from his burning car Tuesday morning in the incident on the downtown Atlanta interstate ramp, Atlanta police said.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the dead man as 31-year-old Mr. Ronnie Bascom, Jr.

Shortly after 2 a.m., officers received the call about the deadly wreck on I-85 southbound near the exit ramp to 17th street, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.

Witnesses told police Mr. Bascom exited his vehicle, apparently to inspect the damages after striking a guardrail, Officer Jones said.

“Witnesses stated the man was struck by another vehicle that was exiting the expressway,” Officer Jones said.

“The second vehicle crashed into a concrete embankment and burst into flames after hitting the deceased.”

The responding officers pulled the man from his burning vehicle, and he was later transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, she said.

They found Mr. Bascom’s body nearby in a grassy area, police said.

The driver, Mr. Joshua Taylor, refused to submit to a blood test, and police obtained a search warrant for his blood, Officer Jones said.

Investigators have charged the 35-year-old man with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence, she said.

read more here > Cops: Drunk driver hits, kills motorist who got out to inspect wrecked vehicle – Atlanta Crime |

Grayson GA: DUI suspected in Gwinnett crash that killed teen |

Gwinnett County teenager was killed Sunday night when she pulled out in front of another vehicle in a neighborhood near Grayson, police said.

Car in which the teen was riding shows extensive damage.
Brittany Sailors, 16, was driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Diamante when she attempted to make a left turn from Graystone Parkway onto Lakeview Road around 9:40 p.m. Sunday, according to a Gwinnett County police press release.

The Mitsubishi was struck by a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville that was westbound on Lakeview Road.

Neither Sailors nor her passenger, 16-year-old Lacey Gowens, was wearing a seat belt, according to police.

Sailors died at the scene, and Gowens was hospitalized with injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

Police later charged the driver of the Pontiac, Mutajah Paasewe, 23, of Grayson, with driving under the influence.

DeKalb Co., GA: Former Falcon Jamal Anderson arrested for DUI  |

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson was arrested for or drunken driving Sunday morning, according to a police report.

Former Falcon Jamal Anderson

Police arrested former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson for drunken driving Sunday morning, according to a DeKalb County police report.

Anderson, 39, was driving so slow he was impeding traffic, according to DeKalb police. He was pulled over at 4:30 a.m. on Chamblee Tucker Road near I-85 and taken to DeKalb County Jail, where he was released later Sunday after posting bond. The full police report is not yet available

read more here > Former Falcon Jamal Anderson arrested for DUI  |

Aiken, SC: Man killed along I-20 in Aiken Co.; 21-year-old charged with DUI |

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Lacie Doolittle

Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol tell News 12 a 21-year-old Wagener woman is in jail accused of driving drunk and killing a Mississippi man.

South Carolina troopers say Lacie Doolittle was heading westbound on I-20 between mile marker 11 and 12 when she ran off the road and hit a man parked in the emergency lane.

We’re told the man was pulled over checking something out in the hood of his Ford truck when Doolittle ran into the back.

Troopers say that caused the truck to then run over him.

He was taken to a hospital in Georgia where he died. The driver and passenger in the other car weren’t injured.

Troopers say the 59-year-old victim was from Vicksburg, Miss. Troopers didn’t release his name.

Doolittle is booked in the Richmond County Jail.

read more here > Man killed along I-20 in Aiken Co.; 21-year-old charged with DUI.

Augusta, GA: Alleged drunk driver in crash killing motorcyclist had prior DUI 3 months ago |

This weekend’s deadly accident on Windsor Spring Road led to the second driving under the influence arrest for 22-year-old Kalisha Luke in three months.

Shortly before 6 a.m. on March 17, Luke was pulled over on Central Avenue and charged with driving left of center line, driving under the influence and driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration.

Three months later, Luke was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane and homicide by vehicle in a wreck that killed motorcyclist Hilton Alphonso Milton, 40, of Hephzibah.

read more here >  Deadly DUI is driver’s second in 3 months | The Augusta Chronicle.

Atlanta: Teen victim of DUI wreck memorialized. Father with DUI history charged with Vehicular Homicide |

Fifteen-year-old Corliss Johnson was memorialized by friends and family at the Atlanta Metro Cathedral on Saturday, less than a week after she was killed in a car accident near the entrance to Stone Mountain Park on Highway 78.

DeKalb Police said her father, Anthony Johnson, was drunk when he crashed his car, carrying his two boys and two girls.  Corliss was pronounced dead that evening, while her 11-year-old sister suffered fractures to her skull, and possible brain damage.

The two boys were not seriously injured.

“A tragedy is never planned, but how we respond to that tragedy is the most important thing,” said Bishop Flynn Johnson of the Atlanta Metro Cathedral.  “The purpose of our church is to restore families, particularly families that have not made the best decisions.”

Police said Johnson has prior DUIs, in 2002 and 2004.  He cried during much of his first court hearing after the accident.  Johnson was charged with vehicular homicide, child endangerment and DUI.  He was released from jail on bond.

via Teen victim of DUI wreck memorialized in DeKalb County – CBS Atlanta 46.

Acworth, GA: Father killed by suspected drunk driver | CBS Atlanta 46

On Tuesday at about 2 p.m., William David Hannah was killed when the truck he was riding in was hit by a man police said was driving drunk.

Investigators on scene said the force of the crash spun the truck into a utility pole. Hannah, partially ejected, died on scene. Two other passengers, Joseph Long and another man Georgia State Patrol have not identified, were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

“As the truck was going to make a left turn on Allatoona Woods Trail, the green Ford Focus struck him in the rear, causing the truck to go off the road. The Focus that hit the truck traveled another 100 yards down Kings Place Road and crashed into a fence,” said Sgt. James Davenport with Georgia State Patrol.

The driver of the Focus, Timothy Michael Van Hoose, was charged with vehicular homicide and DUI. According to investigators, other charges are pending.  Van Hoose reportedly has at least two prior drunk driving convictions.

Family members of Hannah said he was on his way home to give his son some new clothes for Bible study.

read more here > Father killed by suspected drunk driver – CBS Atlanta 46.

Gwinnett Co., GA: High school wrestling coach charged with DUI  |

Joshua Dane Stephen, wrestling coach at Collins Hill High School, was charged with DUI on Friday.

Joshua Dane Stephen

The head wrestling coach at Collins Hill High School, one of the state’s top programs, is facing DUI charges after his arrest last weekend.

Joshua Dane Stephen, wrestling coach at Collins Hill High School, was charged with DUI on Friday.

Joshua Dane Stephen, 38, was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Friday night on charges of DUI and obstructing the flow of traffic. He was released Saturday afternoon on $1,564 bond, according to jail records.

The incident occurred on Mall of Georgia Boulevard. A Gwinnett County police officer reported finding Stephen’s vehicle, a 2007 Chevy Colorado pickup truck, stopped in the street, with Stephen asleep inside.

Stephen refused to take a breath test and was arrested without incident, according to the police incident report.

via Gwinnett wrestling coach charged with DUI  |