Suspect sought in fatal Augusta car crash

James Richard Brantley
James Richard Brantley
James Richard Brantley, sought in fatal car crash.

Authorities are looking for a man wanted on a vehicular homicide charge in connection with a fatal vehicle crash on Feb. 11.
Richmond County Sgt. Blaise Dresser said that James Richard Brantley, 29, is wanted on one charge of first degree vehicular homicide and two charges of aggravated assault. He is wanted in Edgefield County for burglary, and is also wanted on charges of felony forgery in Richmond County in connection with a separate incident.
About 11:50 a.m. Feb. 11, Columbia County deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on Brantley and when he failed to stop, the police pursuit continued into Richmond County, Dresser said.

During the pursuit, Brantley ran a red light at the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Heard Avenue and struck a vehicle being driven by Kenneth Beard. Beard's parents, Glenn and Mattie Beard, were also passengers in the vehicle. The Beard family was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment.
Kenneth Beard suffered minor back pain and Mattie Beard suffered broken ribs.
Glenn Beard, 86, sustained broken ribs, contusions on his lungs and blood in his chest from the accident, Dresser said. He remained in the hospital until he died Saturday from the injuries.

Anyone with information on Brantley's whereabouts can contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.



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