Augusta woman dies in evening car crash

Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:32 PM
Last updated Friday, July 18, 2014 1:47 AM
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A man has been charged with DUI, reckless driving and first-degree vehicular homicide following a traffic accident that killed an Augusta woman Thursday in Richmond County.

Donetta McCullum, 50, of the 3000 block of Miranda Road, died from injuries that she sustained when her Suzuki Grand Vitara attempted to turn left from Faircrest Avenue onto Peach Orchard Road, according to a statement from Richmond County coroner Mark Bowen.

According to Sgt. Glen Rahn, McCullum’s vehicle was struck in the southbound lane on Peach Orchard Road by a Dodge Magnum driven by 43-year-old Branden David Ross. A witness said Ross was possibly racing another vehicle at the time of the collision, Rahn confirmed.

McCullum was extricated from her vehicle by emergency personnel and was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center before being pronounced dead at 7:42 p.m., Bowen said.

Ross was treated on scene for minor injuries.

An autopsy for McCullum is scheduled for Friday in Atlanta.

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whyme
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whyme 07/17/14 - 08:55 pm
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condolences

Prayers to all involved.

dobenator1
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dobenator1 07/17/14 - 09:27 pm
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I want to read the story,NOT

I want to read the story,NOT take a survey!!!

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 07/17/14 - 10:22 pm
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AGREE WITH dobenator1

Yeah, what is this about having to take surveys! Isn't this why we pay to have the digital paper so we don't have to do all that stuff. You already have sponsor spots...isn't that enough.

As to the story that I was trying to read, its very sad. Again those who drink and drive and take a life need to be held accountable in every sense of the word.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/17/14 - 11:11 pm
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Yep

Been taking survey's all day. Took about a 5 question survey that stated I would get two days free without another - they lied!

I feel awful about the lady who needlessly lost her life to a probable addict. I wish those who injure others while messing with their d a m n cell phone would be charged with reckless driving, vehicular homicide etc

sassylassie
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sassylassie 07/17/14 - 11:23 pm
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Prayers to the

Prayers to the families---

Note: Is this the same person????

From the Chronicle, 2010:

"Branden David Ross , also known as Brandon David Ross , also known as Brandon Davis Ross , 39, convicted June 7, 1994, in Burke County of escape; sentenced to five years in prison, two years to run concurrently with and three years to run consecutively to a sentence of 65 years in prison handed down Feb. 3, 1994, for a Burke County conviction of violation of the Georgia Firearm Weapons Act, four counts of burglary and three counts of theft by taking; paroled to Richmond County effective May 4 (2010) under the condition he has no contact whatsoever with Charles Moody or Sarah Givens and that he participates in a family violence counseling program while on parole..."

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 07/18/14 - 05:17 am
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Surveys

They are frustrating. I thought it was because I had been away and had not accessed the site in several days. I emailed Sean to inquire, and he gave me some steps to follow. It seems to be working.

Shoot him an email.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/18/14 - 05:24 am
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Don't know if that's the same

Don't know if that's the same Branden David Ross, but if it is, this is a perfect example of why convicted persons need to complete their entire sentence. DUIs are a big problem and with the advent of legalized marijuana in many states, I fear, will increase these horrific events as already evidenced in Colorado.

This is certainly a tragedy and my prayers go out to her family.

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seenitB4 07/18/14 - 05:39 am
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Famous Peach Orchard RD

My granmama lived on that road...about a block north of Lumpkin....many, many days I rode with her & as she pulled out onto POrchard, I would let out a deep breath...her top speed was about 35 miles an hour.....even back then it was a busy highway..

So sorry for the death & loss for this family.

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Marinerman1 07/18/14 - 07:00 am
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DUI Is Bad Enough

DUI is bad enough, but if he was RACING, just take him out behind the jail and shoot him. Anytime I am making a left turn on to a busy street/highway, I also take a deep breath. Prayers to her family. I know they are devastated.

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curly123053 07/18/14 - 07:04 am
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DUI Crashes Are Never Accidents But Criminal Acts!

Someone driving at a high rate of speed on a busy highway and being DUI at the same time is almost the same as firing a semi-automatic into a crowded mall. I have a very low tolerance for DUI thugs anyways from my 22 yrs in EMS. Also during my years in EMS we were advised to change the wording in our EMS reports from "accidents" to "collisions" when working crashes involving DUI. The reason being is that DUI is never an accident but a choice, and clever defense lawyers could seek lesser sentences by the wording of such reports. It would be nice if the AC and other medias would do the same. My prayers are with the family and friends of this lady. I also pray for swift justice to be served.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 07/18/14 - 08:08 am
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Survey

Read my blog. It will tell you how subscribers can avoid the survey. If you need help, you can call either me, 706-823-3448, or Kim Luciani, 706-828-3829.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/sean-moores/2014-07-10/he...

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 07/18/14 - 08:40 am
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Thanks Sean

I did read your blog and it seems to have worked.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 07/18/14 - 09:25 am
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@ scoop

Great. I'm usually available if anyone needs anything at The Chronicle. If I can't help, I can find someone who can. sean.moores@augustachronicle.com 706-823-3448

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Darby 07/18/14 - 10:54 am
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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/18/14 - 01:24 pm
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I don't know about 7pm, but

I don't know about 7pm, but at 10pm RC had a number of cars running speed trap on Bobby Jones, with several cars pulled over at the same time. When I see these, I can't help but wonder if they were actually patrolling would they be more effective at squelching incidents like this poor lady was involved in.

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whyme 07/24/14 - 11:40 am
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not necessary

Folks, you read the article, you post comments appropriate for the subject. This article is about the loss of someone's loved one. Offer your condolences and save your remarks about the incident for the article that addresses possible legal issues. It is also not the place to complain about the survey. Can the readers of Augusta try a little harder not to look like the people who comment on the larger forums with little respect, common sense, and poor timing?

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