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Wrong-way driver refuses to cooperate with police

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 6:22 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 7:04 PM
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A Suburban driver who traveled west for three miles in the eastbound lanes of River Watch Parkway – causing wrecks with three other cars and sending six people to the hospital – is refusing to cooperate with authorities.

Investigators sort through the wreckage of a four-vehicle accident in the eastbound lanes of River Watch Parkway on Monday morning.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Investigators sort through the wreckage of a four-vehicle accident in the eastbound lanes of River Watch Parkway on Monday morning.

Monique Sullivan, 35, was in fair condition Tuesday night at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, but was refusing to work with police, Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said.

The investigation into Monday’s wreck will continue with toxicology tests and work at the crash site, he said.

Amelia Hiltz, 32, was in the same lane as Sullivan and tried to veer right before being hit by Sullivan’s 2003 Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban then hit a car driven by Kevin Mollenhauer, 25, who was in the other lane. Mollenhauer’s car slammed into Hiltz’s, causing most of the damage, said Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Randy Prickett.

Sullivan’s SUV flipped and hit another car driven by Augusta lawyer Maureen Floyd, 52.

Hiltz, 32, was still in critical condition Tuesday evening, Floyd was serious and Sullivan’s husband was fair, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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Ginot
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Ginot 12/11/12 - 08:51 pm
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Cooperate

If she doesn't want to cooperate, prosecute her for everything you can.... Nail her to the wall!

just an opinion
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just an opinion 12/11/12 - 09:50 pm
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justputtin
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justputtin 12/12/12 - 08:13 am
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Simple solution

Throw her azziz in jail.

onlynaugusta
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onlynaugusta 12/12/12 - 09:00 am
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Stop the Meds

What do you mean she want cooperate? Stop giving her pain medication and let her hurt for a while.......she'll COOPERATE!!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/12/12 - 10:10 am
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This is beginning to look like attempted homicide by SUV

I especially like OnlyNAugusta's suggestion.

Refusing to cooperate simple isn't an option after something like what she did. It's getting harder to avoid the temptation to surmise, especially now, that she didn't do this with some level of intent.

american rose
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american rose 12/12/12 - 10:33 am
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Some people think the rules don't apply to them,

and for this, others suffer. I will continue to pray for the families
of the victims.

Grace422
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Grace422 12/12/12 - 10:36 am
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It should be a murder charge from what I hear as of this am..

in addition to attempted murder for everyone else in the accident execpt for the driver of the Surburban... Lord have mercy on her soul..

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/12/12 - 10:48 am
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Jack Bauer Moment

"onlynaugusta" your comment sounds like one that Jack Bauer would make in 24. It doesn't surprise me that this woman doesn't want to answer questions. She wants to have a lawyer first and not say anything that will make things worse on her. But with 5 people who lives were in danger this is not going to fly. One can only imagine 1 or 2 things happened. Either she is totally unable to drive a vehicle or 2 she was under the influence and if so then time in jail to think about it or come clean about it.

oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 12/12/12 - 10:57 am
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possible depression and her
Unpublished

possible depression and her wanting to end the life of her and her family. Possibly fight in the car occured and she had no ability to control her temper? I would have to agree that in such a compelling case, it is wise for her to shut her mouth until she has counsel if she has any hope of trying to "get out" of this. She is guilty nonetheless.

belle
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belle 12/12/12 - 11:09 am
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suicide speculation
Unpublished

I think we can rule suicide attempt out since she a) had her emergency flashers on the whole time...b) was driving a Suburban...the mac-daddy of SUV's.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/12/12 - 11:20 am
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Remember the last time this

Remember the last time this happend the MCG professor going the wrong way on Riverwatch walked as I recollect.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/12/12 - 11:20 am
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IMO, I find it best until all

IMO, I find it best until all the facts are known, not to make judgements on the degree of one's guilt (can't say guilt or innocent because she did cause the accident). I wonder why they have not spoken to the husband to find out what transpired before his wife detoured down the wrong side of the road for 3 miles. Was he asleep? Did he try and prevent it? Surely if he was awake, he would have been aware that they were going in the wrong direction.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/12/12 - 11:34 am
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She is right

"Cooperate" would mean incriminating herself. Any strip mall lawyer would tell her to clam up and reserve her defense for court. I hate what she did, but there is no reason for her to speak to the cops at this time. Not like there is a suspect on the loose...

oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 12/12/12 - 11:57 am
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She is guitly no matter what.
Unpublished

She is guitly no matter what. She was driving on the wrong side of the road. Period. What happens to her and on what level she is punished will be up to a judge and jury.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 12/12/12 - 11:57 am
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Even my insurance card says...
Unpublished

Never admit guilt. I don't know what happened but I do know this. I had a friend that was in a horrible accident that was not his fault. The other driver ran a stop sign and hit him. While he was recovering from surgery his wife stepped out of his room for a smoke and when she came back a lawyer for the driver at fault was trying to question her husband who was in a obvious state of medication. She is doing the right thing until she consults with a lawyer. I want to know just as much as anyone what happened but I also know how things said without knowledge of the law can come back to haunt you.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/12/12 - 12:01 pm
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Anger, argument, alcohol,

Anger, argument, alcohol, depression, drugs, stupidity.....doesn't matter. She needs to be locked up and to never drive again.

The only possible defense for this one is the old "stuck throttle" defense and my answer to that one is "that's why they put the big N for Neutral on the gear shift.....if turning off the ignition switch don't work (hint-for those of you with keyless ignition just push the button and hold for 5 seconds)".

allhans
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allhans 12/12/12 - 12:05 pm
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It's not hard to see how a

It's not hard to see how a driver can miss a "do not enter"/one-way street if he isn't paying attention, but she had to see the cars coming at her and apparently made no attempt to get off the road...just barrelled right into them.
Puzzling to say the least.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/12/12 - 12:10 pm
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Silence

Letting a lawyer do the talking for you is the correct thing to do in cases such as these.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 12/12/12 - 12:11 pm
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Not to make light of this accident...
Unpublished

allhans comment reminded of a joke I heard once....A man calls his wife on her cell phone and when she answers says, "honey, be careful on the intetstate on the way home, the news just reported a car driving in the wrong direction." His wife replies, "One? Heck there are hundreds!!"

billcass
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billcass 12/12/12 - 12:16 pm
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Never talk to the police

James Madison said that one should never talk to the police. He was correct. It is the worst thing she could do in a case like this. The investigation will play out. Statements by supects actually can hinder investigations because the police figure the case is over so why bother. Good police work will yield positive results.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/12/12 - 12:20 pm
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Gotta love that red thumb troll

Such a reliable drone.

grinder48
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grinder48 12/12/12 - 12:31 pm
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Following Legal Advice
Unpublished

Guaranteed that an attorney told her not to talk. There are so many witnesses that what happened will come out and be well documented.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/12/12 - 01:07 pm
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Fiat

This is the reader who believes these comments sections are like the obituary guestbook when personal tragedy is involved.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/12/12 - 01:17 pm
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Cooperate?
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She has a right to remain silent, duh!! It's called her "Miranda Rights".

I fail to see why the police need her cooperation, anyway. The facts of the case are clear, there were witnesses and the circumstances are in absolutely no doubt. Furthermore, toxicology tests will provide information about any pharmacological abnormalities in her system.

All the police can glean from her at this point is "why" she behaved as she did, assuming she knows. If she was high on meth or some other drug, she may not even be able to answer that question. Let the police bring charges and then we'll see if she wants to "work with them" when serious jail time appears on the horizon.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/12/12 - 02:04 pm
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InChristLove12/12/12 - 10:20 am

I agree with you and was thinking the about same thing.

So much unknown except driving the wrong way on Riverwatch.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/12/12 - 02:05 pm
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Well thanks for identifying yourself, IAD1

It's nice that someone has the appropriate equipment for owning up to voting down. I just thought it was interesting that among all the really negative comments about the non-cooperation, my rather moderate speculation was the only one at that point that had attracted ire.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/12/12 - 02:08 pm
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Fiat

You notice that the TSD give his downer on only the comment that are negative about the driver?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/12/12 - 02:24 pm
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The 5th amendment

The 5th amendment specifically states that she doesn't have to talk to the police. In fact, even innocent people should never talk to the police.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=_YbrrL-8aSc

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/12/12 - 02:37 pm
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F4T

Liked your 11:11.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/12/12 - 03:08 pm
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CG, I've just learned a long

CG, I've just learned a long time ago that sometimes things are not always what they seem. I guess it's hard for me to imagine why a 35 year old woman would purposely drive 3 miles, flying as some stated, down a road the opposite direction, putting herself and her child in harms way, unless there was some extinuating circumstances. Was this out of fear, something medical that caused confusion, etc. and why did the husband allow her to drive 3 miles without pulling over to the side of the road? It appears that there is more to this story and when the truth comes out if she intentionally caused this accident with sound of mind, then I'll be the first to say, lock her up for a long time. Until then, I'll wait for the rest of the story.

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