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Murder charge added in River Watch Parkway wrong-way crash

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 5:42 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 9:51 AM
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A woman accused of causing a multivehicle crash on River Watch Parkway last year was re-indicted Tuesday and now faces an additional charge of murder.

The Richmond County grand jury returned the indictment against Monique Sullivan, 35.

Sullivan’s previous indictment accused her of multiple counts of aggravated assault and vehicular assault. On Tuesday, the charge of murder was added.

Amelia Hiltz, 33, who was injured in the Dec. 10 crash died on July 23.

Hiltz was one of several people injured when Sullivan drove the wrong way on the parkway at high speed the afternoon of Dec. 10, according to sheriff’s investigators and witnesses. Hiltz was married and the mother of two small children.

Sullivan, who has been free on bond pending trial in Richmond County Superior Court, will have to request bond on the murder charge. Her case is assigned to Judge J. David Roper.

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mc
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mc 09/03/13 - 06:01 pm
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I Agree

A vehicle is nothing but a two ton weapon, if used in intent of harming someone. No different than a loaded gun. And apparently, she did not care that she could harm or kill someone. I have no sympathy.

LocalLawyer
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LocalLawyer 09/03/13 - 06:01 pm
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Ironically, I was thinking

Ironically, I was thinking about this case this morning on my way to work, and was hoping for an update from the AC. She absolutely should be charged accordingly. I despise speculation as a lawyer, but I remember this story all too well as I drove up on the scene a few hours afterwards. This lady had to have been out of her mind - and mad about something. This was no accident, and she took the life of a Mother. Those two children are not old enough to even remember their Mother's love. Shame on this woman. I hope Roper gives her a minimum of 20 years. I cannot imagine what the widower has had to go through. He won't live one day without thinking of his beautiful bride.

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 09/03/13 - 06:02 pm
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Agreed!!!!

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Agreed!!!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/03/13 - 06:08 pm
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Amen to both posts. From

Amen to both posts. From eyewitness statements, this was no mistake of turning up the wrong way. She had ample opportunity to stop and turn around.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/03/13 - 06:16 pm
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sullivan deserves three times the

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sentence delivered to the woman who murdered Ms. Renew, by Judge Annis.

Concerned2007
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Concerned2007 09/03/13 - 08:29 pm
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SMH

All I can say is WOW. Prayers go out to the families of the deceased.

willie Lee
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willie Lee 09/03/13 - 08:32 pm
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I love it when people are the

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I love it when people are the D.A., Judge, Jury, and Hangman without a trial. I know it's a myth about innocent until proven guilty, but do you think that the lady at least deserves her day in court. Like Judge Roy Bean said, "we going to give you a fair trial before we hang you."

rebellious
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rebellious 09/03/13 - 11:34 pm
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I Have

done some stupid things out of anger, as it seems this woman did. When people die due to your actions, and it is not an "accident", then you must face the consequences. And Willie, no one on these pages has the power to try, convict, and sentence. She will have her day in court......unless she plea-deals out, as I suspect she will (or at least if I were her attorney I would advise). What causes such sadness is that so many families have been impacted, lives changed (including the driver) which will never be the same. A trial, Prison time, etc... will never return things to where they once were for so many directly hurt or peripherally impacted. Just a sad situation all around! And that, I believe, is what evokes such strong emotion in responding to the article.

I used to tell my children when they got angry to grab a stick and go beat a tree. Same release capacity, much, much less fallout.

Darby
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Darby 09/04/13 - 01:40 am
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Willie, maybe you haven't noticed, but no one

on these pages can try or convict the woman. She will get her fair trial.

In the meantime, those who post here are free to express their opinions. As you just did.

........................................................................

BTW - I'm curious as to why the charge of vehicular homicide was not brought in lieu of murder. Does the DA expect to be able to prove intent?

Maybe there's something the DA knows but isn't sharing yet.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/04/13 - 11:22 am
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Overdue

Don't know why she wasn't charged with this before. Terrible act killing lots of innocents. Let's get the trial on the calendar!
And why 4 thumbs down here for my just saying take it to trial? She ain't guilty right now (presumption of innocence) so let's get a jury on this.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 09/04/13 - 06:31 am
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Maybe I missed something but

Maybe I missed something but I haven't seen any eyewitness statements that said she turned up the wrong way on purpose. She's from South Carolina and maybe she didn't realize she was going the wrong way until it was too late and panicked. Purely speculation just like the rest of these comments, considering she has never explained herself. I haven't even seen any reports that she was drunk. Unlike the woman who drove drunk and killed the young girl and everyone was whining about the fact that she got so much time. Nobody knows what was going on in her vehicle and there are only two obvious differences between her and the other woman, she wasn't driving drunk and she's African American. Rush to judgment is an understatement in this case. They said in previous articles that there was no intent. I'm curious to know what happened and I pray none of you are on the jury since your mind is already made up.

Prayers and condolences to the family for their loss.

mc
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mc 09/04/13 - 07:05 am
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The facts

When I first read this, they said there were people riding beside her in the right lane blowing the horn trying to get her to stop. She would say nothing about what happened. And she showed no remorse. And I'm sorry, but if don't realize your going the wrong way on that road, you should never be driving in the first place.

mc
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mc 09/04/13 - 07:21 am
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And by the way

And by the way, I've had people on I-20 that would purposely drive slow in the left hand lane, on a cell phone. And when I finally got a chance to get around them, they sped up to over 100mph to keep me from getting in front of them. That's people trying to cause accidents with no remorse or respect for other people. And that's what I see in this women.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/04/13 - 07:34 am
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I got spanked when I said

I got spanked by Sean Moores when I said what had been reported elsewhere, about why she did it.

So- in MY opinion, it was deliberate and intentional.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/04/13 - 07:49 am
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Charges you can't prove may be her out. DA oops? Maybe?

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Charges you can't prove may be her out. DA oops? Maybe?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/04/13 - 07:52 am
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Murder looks judicial, tough, deliberate. Politics always in pla

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Murder looks judicial, tough, deliberate. Politics always in pla

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 09/04/13 - 07:57 am
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Yes, She Deserves A Fair Trial

She endangered her own family, and slowly and painfully took the life of a Mother. She deserves a fair trial, and then she deserves a permanent dirt nap. NO BOND on the murder charge !

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 09/04/13 - 08:07 am
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Sorry Panther

I completely disagree with your post's slant. You did, however, make two correct statements -- she's African American, and she was not drunk. If she had made a mistake, and gotten on Riverwatch in the wrong direction, she would've said "Oh Crap !", and pulled over to the side of the road. SHE DID NOT ! She sped up Riverwatch Parkway ! She IGNORED head-on traffic, and rammed three vehicles. No sympathy. Dirt nap.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/04/13 - 08:11 am
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Points Up, corgimom,

If all the facts have been provide by the AC from day one are accurate......

the words "deliberate and intentional" is the only answer.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 09/04/13 - 08:54 am
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Panther, I don't think the

Panther, I don't think the other woman was drunk and was not charged with a DUI. She also did not run the stop sign intentionally. Her sentence was too much in my opinion but I was not there at either accident. This lady had plenty of time to stop but choose not to. All the difference in the world on the actions of the two people.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 09/04/13 - 09:02 am
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What does her being African

What does her being African American have to do with anything??

Can a day go by where someone doesn't say that outrage for something is based on a person's race? Can it be possible, that the outrage is due to her by all accounts IGNORING people trying to help her avoid disaster only to have it result in innocent people getting hurt and killed?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/04/13 - 09:23 am
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This will be an interesting

This will be an interesting case. Kristine Heath, who was not drunk and had no previous record, accidently ran a stop sign on a poorly designed roadway which had inadequate or no prior warnings.

She was given a 20 year sentence which may as well be life.
I'm still wondering what Judge Annis was thinking when he handed down this sentence? What should her remorse have looked like? What's missing? I can't understand it.

I don't have the time this morning to go back and reread all the stories on Mrs. Sullivan. Does anyone remember reading that her husband was in the car warning her she was going the wrong way? I vaguely remember something about that.

My condolences to the family of Mrs. Hiltz.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/04/13 - 09:29 am
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let's see if she is found guilty

then let's see what her sentence is. Then I will comment on the 2 cases. Until then we are all just speculating.

Pops
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Pops 09/04/13 - 09:37 am
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I'm only going to guess

but I think the husband has probably told the investigators something that showed her intent.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 10:40 am
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Plea Bargain

Darby posted:

BTW - I'm curious as to why the charge of vehicular homicide was not brought in lieu of murder. Does the DA expect to be able to prove intent?

District Attorneys often charge way more than they can prove. The plan is to get the defendant to plea down to a lesser charge. If the charge is higher than appropriate, the DA is eager to accept a lower plea. It's just one of the DA's tricks in a large bag full of tricks.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 10:43 am
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Medical City

Here in Georgia's medical city, do you think Ms. Sullivan's attorney can find a doctor or two who are willing to testify that Ms. Sullivan's actions were likely the result of her temporary insanity and, thus, murder charges are inappropriate under Georgia law?

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/04/13 - 11:14 am
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With the right money

you can get a expert to testify to anything you want..

Darby
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Darby 09/04/13 - 11:42 am
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CG Says... "the words "deliberate and

intentional" is the only answer."

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And if they really want to prove murder or provoke a plea bargain, as Lamb suggested, then that's where the DA will have to present a really strong case.

Graymare
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Graymare 09/04/13 - 09:27 pm
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My sympathies to the Hiltz family

This is all so sad and was so avoidable. I can only imagine what it was like for Sullivan's husband and child to have been living with such a angry, selfish person. Everyone involved in the crashes, with the exception of Sullivan, must have been absolutely terrified. The extent of her narcissism is nauseating.

giwi
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giwi 09/05/13 - 03:05 pm
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No bond, a joke in RC

Marineman1, many cases going to trial get out on bond. Being that she is being charged for murder now and is already out on bond she won't go to jail unless she does something. The University murderer is out on bond with $0; our RC judicial system said he was gravely ill--that was a day before Thanksgiving oh well he is still alive. Justice will not be served for the vicitims' families in both cases!

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