No criminal intent in River Watch wrong-way crash

Motorist still facing serious traffic charges, deputies say

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 3:12 PM
Last updated Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 1:19 AM
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Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect additional comments from the Sheriff's Office.    

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Investigators examined the wreckage Dec. 10 from a four-vehicle crash on River Watch Parkway that sent six people to the hospital.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
Investigators examined the wreckage Dec. 10 from a four-vehicle crash on River Watch Parkway that sent six people to the hospital.

A woman who drove the wrong way on River Watch Parkway and crashed into three vehicles will face charges, but investigators said Friday they found no evidence of criminal intent to harm in her actions.

Monique Sullivan will be charged with reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road and two counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle, police said. Toxicology results are pending.

The Richmond County sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division was called in to assist in the investigation of the Dec. 10 crash that sent six people to the hospital. One of the injured, Amelia Hiltz, 32, remains at Medical College of Georgia Hospital in serious condition.

Despite Sullivan being uncooperative with police, investigators said there was no evidence she intended to cause bodily harm when she traveled the wrong way on River Watch Parkway and crashed into oncoming traffic.

Deputies were at the scene for several hours Friday reconstructing the crash.

Police said Sullivan was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with her husband and 4-year-old son as passengers when she drove west in the eastbound lanes for three miles and hit the vehicles.

Hiltz, who was in the same lane as Sullivan, attempted to veer right before being hit by the Suburban. The Suburban then hit a car driven by Kevin Mollenhauer, 25, who was in the next lane. Mollenhauer’s car then hit Hiltz’s.

Sullivan’s SUV flipped and hit a third car driven by Augusta lawyer Maureen Floyd, 52, who was also treated for serious injuries.

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Bulldog1 01/19/13 - 12:10 pm
This is about the law, not the truth...

Any decent lawyer will advise you to do as she did when confronted by an adversarial situation. Speaking to the police in the heat of the moment without legal council is extremely dangerous. It can only make things worse, never better. The truth will normally be determined in due time. One must never forget that our legal system is, by design, adversarial. Like a boxer, you must protect yourself at all times. It is foolishness to think that innocent people have nothing to fear. The prisons house far too many examples of innocent people who thought that the system was looking for the "truth".

Patty-P 01/19/13 - 12:22 pm
I wonder what the outcome

I wonder what the outcome would be in a city like Atlanta, or Jacksonville, or even Columbia? I wonder if their investigators would say she had no criminal intent?

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 01/19/13 - 10:17 pm

What they said was that they had no evidence of criminal intent. Take a look at the first paragraph again.

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