Waynesboro man gets 2 years in road fatality

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 9:15 PM
Last updated 9:58 PM
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A Waynesboro, Ga., man was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday after a jury found him guilty of charges related to a 2009 driving incident that killed a construction worker on Mike Padgett Highway.

Charles Oglesby was found guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree vehicular homicide and driving on the wrong side of the road. He was acquitted on a charge of DUI.

The wreck occurred June 11, 2009, when Bill Danes, 45, of Jackson, Ga., stepped out of his dump truck while making an asphalt delivery to a road-repaving project in the 4200 block of Georgia Highway 56. Oglesby, who had just left a bar, hit Danes while driving in the wrong lane.

Deliberations started around 11 a.m. and lasted all day, with frequent questions from the jury about the driving laws they were supposed to interpret and use to judge Oglesby’s actions. Oglesby’s attorney, Jacques Hawk, used testimony to show that the construction zone was confusing and suggested it was a bigger factor in Danes’ death than Oglesby’s alleged intoxication.

“The whole traffic scenario was a huge mess,” Hawk said after the verdict.

Oglesby was taken into custody immediately after the sentence was delivered.

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GaStang22 01/26/12 - 10:43 pm
Aquitted of the DUI? With an

Aquitted of the DUI? With an accident causing death and suspected dui... no blood test for proof? Why is GA not one of those states???? Appalling!!! Especially with a repeat offender.

nnaugusta 01/27/12 - 12:32 am
Don't sell Jacques Hawk, or

Don't sell Jacques Hawk, or the Hawk brothers short. (no pun intended) These guys know how to work a jury!

Aad 01/27/12 - 12:27 pm
I find this complete BS. This

I find this complete BS. This man took the father of three handsome boys, including my fiances father. Charles has no clue what damage he has done to Bills children or his family, no clue. I wouldnt give a damn if he ever seen day light again. Two years is a joke. He took my father-in-laws life. He deserves life. The boys will never get to see there father nor get to have that bond with his because of a sorry [filtered word] person. And goes to think he's blaming it on the comstrustion zone and the lighting. Everyone knows not to drink and drive, it dont matter how much you've drank or not, bu no means do you get behind the wheel of anything and drive. This has me sick to my stomach, so sick i get nauses everytime i hear of the sorry [filtered word] mans name. Now i have to not only deal with the fact that you took my fiances dad but that your sorry [filtered word] only got two tears for it. Considered yourself lucky by the bars, fences, and walls protecting you for now.

HankPym 01/28/12 - 07:56 pm
I followed this case from the

I followed this case from the day it happened until now. I think that it is strange the way that everyone keeps calling Mr. Oglesby a repeat offender when he has only been convicted of 1 dui. Check the Case Management on the Augustaga website. I see where the frustration lies because I can't imagine this happening to one of my family members, however it appears that everyone should be mad at the state for the law only allowing that punishment.

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