Waynesboro man gets 2 years in road fatality

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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