From DUI's to failing to maintain lane, there were a plethora of traffic accidents in February 2018. Some of the incidents include:
On February 1st, Michael Brooks was arrested relating to a crash that occurred on January 5th that killed east Alabama State Representative George Bandy. Police suspected that Brooks made an illegal U-turn that caused the fatal accident. Columbus police obtained arrest warrants for Brooks, and he was charged with homicide by vehicle in the second degree, driving with a suspended license, improper U-turn, and no proof of insurance.
In Hahira, Georgia on February 5th, a man was killed after a train struck his vehicle. No details have been released as to why the car was on the train tracks.
On February 10th, two female pedestrians were injured outside of Georgia Military College's Events Center. The two girls were waiting to get into an SUV when it was rear-ended by a truck. Upon impact, the SUV was pushed forward the truck struck one of the pedestrians, Elissa Glover, pinning her underneath. The other girl, Breonna Glover was also injured, and they were transported to the hospital. Both girls, thankfully, only suffered minor injuries.
A deputy jailer in Columbia County was arrested over the February 10th weekend on DUI charges in Richmond County. Montana Dawkins was charged with DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road, and no proof of insurance. Montana has been terminated from her employment.
A former Georgia homecoming queen was killed in a tragic accident on February 12th. Grace Elizabeth Sheer was 18 years old and attended Dawson County High School. Sheer was only a mile from her school when she failed to negotiate a curve, overcorrected and lost control of her SUV. She went into the other lane and was hit by a tractor-trailer, and the impact sent her SUV down an embankment.
On February 20th, 51-year-old James Holcomb was killed in a single car accident. He was driving down I-475 when he struck a concrete pole. Macon officials stated that this was the 8th traffic-related death in 2018.
Wendy Millican was indicted by a Cherokee County grand jury on February 15th on two counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree and one count each of reckless driving and DUI less safe. The coinciding accident occurred in March 2017 when Millican crossed the center lane on the highway and collided with a vehicle driving by Corey Forman. The collision caused Forman's vehicle to cross the center line where it was hit by a third vehicle and then a fourth vehicle was hit by Millican. The indictment stated that Millican was distracted by her cell phone and was taking medications that can cause impairment. Sadly, Mr. Forman was killed in the four-car accident.
On February 24th, an off-duty LaGrange police officer was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Georgia State Patrol arrested Josh Noles. Noles, who has been charged with DUI-alcohol and speeding. He is currently on administrative suspension while an investigation is completed.
On February 27th, a pedestrian was hit and killed on US 78 in DeKalb County. The victim was identified as Vilner Petiot, who was only 27 years old. Witnesses stated that four vehicles hit Petiot who was attempting to cross the highway.
Another pedestrian death occurred the afternoon of February 27th in Decatur. A driver was turning left onto Commerce Drive from Kroger as two pedestrians were crossing the road. The driver said she did not see the pedestrians and one of them suffered severe injuries and was taken to the hospital. The driver was initially cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. However, the pedestrian ended up dying at the hospital.
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