Grovetown woman charged after passenger dies in wreck

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 12:41 PM
Last updated 10:17 PM
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A 20-year-old Grovetown woman has been charged with failure to yield and homicide by vehicle after her passenger died from injuries sustained in a crash Sunday on Gordon Highway.

Samantha Presley
Samantha Presley


Samantha Presley was booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday after her release from the hospital. Police said Presley tried to make a left turn off Gordon Highway onto Newmantown Road about 2 p.m. Sunday and hit another vehicle. Her passenger, Shem Rider, 22, of Grovetown, was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was not seriously injured.

– From staff reports

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/15/12 - 01:48 pm
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This will be interesting in CC
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Male negligent driver hits another vehicle on I-20 on ramp causing the death of the front seat passenger. Twenty year sentence. If we were gamblers, we would bet this one comes down to INTENT of the driver to NOT cause harm of death. Not that the willful act of a moving violation caused both deaths. No accident in either case. Cause and effect.

batya
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batya 08/15/12 - 04:29 pm
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A homicide charge seems a

A homicide charge seems a little harsh to me, unless she was DUI. This sounds like an accident...

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tanbaby 08/15/12 - 04:45 pm
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if she was making a left turn
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if she was making a left turn then she pulled into the path of oncoming traffic, correct??? so because of her poor judgement, someone that was riding with her has died. i would say that is not an accident...just wait till traffic clears. if you are in that much of a hurry, you should have left earlier...

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/15/12 - 05:17 pm
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It seems as though accidents
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It seems as though accidents aren't allowed anymore in this vicious and retributive culture. If something bad happens, somebody better pay ...big time.

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rmwhitley 08/15/12 - 05:49 pm
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Homicide charges
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are filed after negligent driving charges are found to be a contributing factor. Was she texting, on a cell phone or just not doing due diligence in paying attention to oncoming traffic? You kill someone for any of these reasons, you are to be held responsible for the life lost that will NEVER be restored.

r
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r 08/15/12 - 09:10 pm
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This is so sad!!!

This was an accident. This is the father of her child and her boyfriend it seems. The child is 11 months old she has the rest of her life to live with this mistake. Seems we always hurt the people who really never meant to hurt anyone and the drug dealers and drunk drivers go freely.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/15/12 - 09:57 pm
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I didn't know the entire
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I didn't know the entire story, r...but the photo of her here certainly tells me a lot. May all involved someday find peace.

astheworldturns
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astheworldturns 08/16/12 - 12:54 am
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really palmetto?what does

really palmetto?what does this picture here tell you????

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OccamsRazor 08/16/12 - 04:43 am
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Accountability

Here's some food for thought for those that call this an accident. The medical and legal communities have been pushing to eliminate use of the term "accident," and use only the terms "crash" or "collision." The term "accident" implies that nobody is at fault, it just happened. I tend to agree with that sentiment. It sounds like this woman made a terrible mistake that cost someone else their life. Shouldn't she be held accountable for that? Shouldn't we all be held accountable for our actions, even our mistakes?

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dichotomy 08/16/12 - 05:23 am
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I believe in accountability

I believe in accountability but I thought we used to distinguish between vehicular manslaughter and vehicular homicide. A vehicular homicide charge used to need additional circumstances like driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with a suspended license, etc..

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GaStang22 08/16/12 - 08:28 am
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dichotomy
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From my understanding some states use those terms interchangeably and some use them separate as uou state. Georgia on the other hand uses neither. Instead of 2 different names, they use homicide by vehicle with first degree or second degree. The 2 degrees take the place of having 2 separate terms.

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GaStang22 08/16/12 - 08:36 am
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It doesn't seem she had a history.
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She will probably get probation, fines, loss of license etc... Maybe a year tops but I doubt it. After all, I know of 3 people in RC that killed others by such gross negligence it would make you sick. None of them had a bit of remorse. Found completely innocent and was never even sued by the families. They were all older than her and sorry losers. Not to mention the fact that the punishment for repeated dui accidents with personal injury are a joke.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 08/16/12 - 08:39 am
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Condolences to the victims family.
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Im sure this will take a toll on this young lady as well if it is indeed her loved one and especially the father of her child. May God Bless everyone involved to help them cope and heal.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 08/16/12 - 08:44 am
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lol @ palmettos comment
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Doesnt even come close to being relevant for the stab you are trying to make. Pffffft Try again!

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Jake 08/16/12 - 09:15 am
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Picture

I also don't know the facts in this case but when I look at her picture I see the face of a heartbroken and sorrowful young woman.

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CobaltGeorge 08/16/12 - 09:23 am
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Jake

Thanks for saying what I was thinking.

If No alcohol or drugs were involved and if that was the father of her child and if they were trully in love, I think the punishment she has already received that will incarcerate her for the rest of her life is more than sufficient.

To comment further without knowing all facts would be wrong.

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rmwhitley 08/16/12 - 09:35 am
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If, If, If
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If a frog toted a 38 special, it wouldn't have to worry about snakes!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/16/12 - 10:40 am
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Razor is correct on accident
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If you work a job, you know that businesses and OSHA do not recognize "accident" as a valid excuse for injury or damage. By definition, an accident is a "unforeseen occurrence". there is always cause and affect. "This baby is an accident". WRONG. I was drunk and I ran into a tree. No accident. My brakes do not work. When you turn illegally in front of another vehicle that has the right of way, a collision is direct result. This is a terrible loss of life. A family tragedy. But again, INTENT is a slippery slope toward unequal justice under the law. We have seen truly heartbroken and remorseful DUI/Vehicular Homicide defendants sentenced to 20 years. Is being sorry enough? Most criminals are sorry when they are caught or convicted. Or their actions result in denial of their freedom. The man who kills his wife and is remorseful after the DEED should go free? We as a Christian Nation declared, in 1972, that human life is a matter of inconvenience, if we choose to define personally define life.

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pommom38 08/16/12 - 10:48 am
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It happens

I've yet to understand how this works. The law is backwards and if you charge for one death, then charge for all.. One person is charged for the death of another, (turning in front of another vehicle) and in another case, (SUV plowed into a group of bikers stopped at a red light, killing 2) no one is charged.. SMH at understanding the differences.
Regardless, people don't pay attention and drive reckless. The place you're going should still be there when you arrive!! See it everyday and just pray they never hit me..

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GaStang22 08/17/12 - 12:53 am
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And whats so different about what you posted?
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Because you went into more detail?? 1 person asked the difference and that's soooo many people? And are you denying some people do not get charged when they should or they get off when they shouldn't?? E-G-O

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