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Driver faces vehicular homicide charges

Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:00 AM
Last updated 8:43 PM
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The driver in Tuesday’s fatal traffic collision on Mike Padgett Highway has been booked in the Richmond County Jail on charges of vehicular homicide.

Brown  Richmond County Jail photo
Richmond County Jail photo
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Police said Kiara Brown, 23, turned the 2004 BMW left off Old Savannah Road onto Mike Padgett Highway in front of an oncoming truck.

A rear-seat passenger, 54-year-old Barbara Ann Godbee, died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital shortly after the 8:30 a.m. wreck.

Brown was also taken to MCG with injuries that were not life-threatening injuries.

She was booked into the Richmond County Jail on Wednesday on charges of failure to yield at a stop sign and homicide by vehicle.

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stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/24/12 - 09:40 am
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Sad

This is really sad and sometimes people get in a hurry and misjudge or just are distraced and don't look well at what is coming. Was she drinking or under the influence of any drugs? If not perhaps it was an error in judgement but unfortunately an error that cost a life.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/24/12 - 10:46 am
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Breaking News

I realize this story is breaking news and they wanted to publish it on-line as fast as possible, but it deserves a few more details as they update it.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 05/24/12 - 08:00 pm
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previous...

If I recall correctly a previous article may have the rest of the story, which would contribute to the fact that charges are being pressed this time...but correct me if I'm wrong, I don't have time to check that out right now...

tanbaby
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tanbaby 05/25/12 - 04:06 am
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if she turned left, does that

Unpublished

if she turned left, does that not mean that someone should have had a red light??? is there not a light at that intersection???

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/02/12 - 09:32 am
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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/25/12 - 10:13 am
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Why such serious charges?

Were there mitigating circumstances about this MVA that made it a homicide instead of a tragic accident? Was she DUI or speeding or running from the police?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/25/12 - 10:15 am
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@ nocnoc, 8:41am

Excellent comment. I wonder what would happen if the citizens of Richmond County, especially those who have been injured or lost family members, sued the GADOT for not addressing a life-threatening situation that is under their purview and their responsibility.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 05/25/12 - 07:52 pm
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@ Fiat - anytime a driver in

@ Fiat - anytime a driver in the commission of an illegal act (could be speeding, running a stop sign, etc) causes the death of another person, it's misdemeanor vehicular homicide. It would be a felony if the driver were DUI or driving recklessly. Hope that helps.

Essentially, although the vehicular homicide charge sounds serious, the misdemeanor version almost never results in jail time.

whyme
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whyme 05/25/12 - 09:41 pm
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causes of accidents....

All roads should be made as safe as possible from blind spots and the like. However, it still remains the responsibility of the driver to operate the vehicle in a safe manner and use the best judgment possible. We can always improve our chances of driving more safely with the use of a traffic light vs. simple stop signs but if it means sitting at an intersection longer than you'd like, for example, that's what you have to do. The design of South Belair Rd. is not conducive to good merging and accidents, though none fatal, happen often. Yet it is still up to the drivers to use their best judgment...

whyme
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whyme 05/25/12 - 09:41 pm
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causes of accidents....

All roads should be made as safe as possible from blind spots and the like. However, it still remains the responsibility of the driver to operate the vehicle in a safe manner and use the best judgment possible. We can always improve our chances of driving more safely with the use of a traffic light vs. simple stop signs but if it means sitting at an intersection longer than you'd like, for example, that's what you have to do. The design of South Belair Rd. is not conducive to good merging and accidents, though none fatal, happen often. Yet it is still up to the drivers to use their best judgment...

opinions
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opinions 05/29/12 - 12:37 pm
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Accident.

I understand you have to be accountable for what you have done, what ever it might be but, she is 23yrs. old and if the back seat passenger was in her car & a relative or not, then isn't that punishment enough? She made a really bad decision, mistake, error, judgement, etc.... What if a small child walks in front of your car without looking, would you sue his or her parents for your trauma? I wouldn't, it was a accident that should have not happened, not to mention how traumatized the parents already are from losing a child. A child before anyone says anything can run from you in a second with you watching them, but you just can't get to them quick enough. My own kids (grown now) have snatched out of my hands to run to the car not even looking to see if a car was coming. Never done it again I can promise you that :-), but back to this young girl, if she wasn't impaired by any means, she's got a lot to live with already and I can just only hope the system will work for her.

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