Man is charged with '08 death of teacher

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The District Attorney's Office filed a criminal accusation Wednesday against a man whose SUV struck and killed a kindergarten teacher walking beside a highway last summer.

District Attorney Ashley Wright said Brandon Wise, 24, of Evans, was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, traveling too fast for conditions and having improper windshield tint, all misdemeanors. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine, Ms. Wright said.

Mr. Wise was driving a Ford Expedition south on Mullikin Road in Evans about 9 p.m. July 16 when it struck Christian Giles, 24, who was walking her dogs with her husband.

Mrs. Giles, a kindergarten teacher at Augusta's John Milledge Elementary School, died from a head injury, said Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

Mrs. Giles was walking on the shoulder of the road, her husband, Auburn Giles, told authorities. The site of the collision was near their home on Sawbuck Way.

Mr. Wise told police he didn't see Mrs. Giles until it was too late to avoid hitting her, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Since the accident, Columbia County has constructed a sidewalk along Mullikin Road, and the county is planning to install streetlights.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/12/09 - 01:32 am
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"(H)e didn't see (the late)

"(H)e didn't see (the late) Mrs. Giles until it was too late to avoid hitting her." Obviously the reckless killer was not wise enough to appreciate that Ms. Wright would not be swayed by the same "I-didn't-mean-to" rhetoric for which other "adults" in his life had fallen "hook, line and sinker."

211lover
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211lover 03/12/09 - 01:57 am
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seems he was driving way too
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seems he was driving way too fast, and I betcha he had one of those loud mufflers so he did not hear her too. As she was screaming for her life, her life flashed before her eyes, she begged.. she died. But ohh, poor lil teen Columbia County driver.. he did no wrong right?

211lover
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211lover 03/12/09 - 02:30 am
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prolly a judges, lawyer, or
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prolly a judges, lawyer, or DA's son, nephew or something. Meanwhile there is a child that lost a mother.. oh.. but this kid is a rich kid.. so.. who cares!

NEone
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NEone 03/12/09 - 04:19 am
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Since when is Mulliken Road a

Since when is Mulliken Road a "highway"?

mutt
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mutt 03/12/09 - 04:57 am
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So was he off the road or was

So was he off the road or was she on it? 211lover that is a very heart wrenching post, but I think your imagination is in over drive. He didn't execute her at gun point. She was walking and he hit her in passing. It happened in the blink of an eye. I can imagine that it was a hellish moment for her husband though. BTW "too fast for conditions" doesn't mean speeding. If he had been literally speeding they would have charged him with it. I know everyone wants this guys head, but IMHO if she was walking in the road at night, heard a vehicle coming (loud mufflers 211lover), and didn't think she needed to get out of the road, then she wasn't very bright for a person that was an educator. If memory serves, I recall an earlier story that said she was walking in the road and just didn't move. If it weren't for the illegal window tint, this guy likely wouldn't be going to court, and may still walk on everything but the tint.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 03/12/09 - 05:11 am
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prolly???? is that a

prolly???? is that a word?..........rich kid???? Is he??? and what does that have to do with anything???This was a tragic accident and the young man will suffer for it the rest of his life.

mutt
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mutt 03/12/09 - 05:12 am
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CS I'm sure he didn't mean to

CS I'm sure he didn't mean to since he was charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide instead of murder. Do you really think that he aimed for her? I know everyone is upset by this thing, but if earlier stories are true, she was on the asphalt when she was hit at 9 pm. Who hears a vehicle coming as they walk along a dark road and doesn't move off the roadway?

justus4
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justus4 03/12/09 - 05:54 am
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This is YOUR justice system
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This is YOUR justice system at work. It appears that the charges are appropiate, but they might not stick. This was an accident which cost someone their life, but this is why motor vehicles are dangerous and considered a risk to operate. People must be more careful in dark areas where lighting is bad and folks are walking. And to now place a sidewalk there is another example of government failing to provide a safe environment for its citizen. Again, a terrible accident that happened and hope that the new sidewalk will protect others.

mutt
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mutt 03/12/09 - 06:11 am
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I agree with you for once

I agree with you for once justus4. Well except the "YOUR" thing. More veiled racism on your part. It's our justice system, yours too, unless you're not a legal resident.

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bone 03/12/09 - 06:22 am
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i seem to recall a

i seem to recall a discrepancy regarding her exact location when struck, too, mutt: now, it seems she was on the shoulder, with her dogS and husband. i've watched a couple walk their dogS before and i've never seen two people with multiple dogs able to walk together or one behind the other without taking up a great deal of room. i wouldn't be surprised if she had been partially in the road and, since it was dusk, very hard to see. the window tint is the clincher, though: certainly mr. wise would have had trouble seeing clearly in the dim lighting. vehicular homicide, though? this just doesn't add up...

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/12/09 - 06:25 am
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Maybe "Double" Cross is

Maybe "Double" Cross is waiting for me to get run down walking along the Few Parkway before he bows to public sentiment and places sidewalks and bikepaths in the areas where those of us who constitute CC's poorer half and who have the "misfortune" to own homesteads on the wrong side of the CSX tracks live.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/12/09 - 06:26 am
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The emotionally charged

The emotionally charged incident still comes down to someone walking on a road, with their back to traffic, and was struck by a vehicle that was supposed to be on the road. IF...she was off the road when struck, the driver would have either not hit her or would have been charged differently. A lack of attention on Mrs. Giles part combined with typical Augusta driving by Mr.Wise, led to a death. Any charge, under the circumstances, would be out of place.

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SCGAL53 03/12/09 - 06:47 am
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This was a tragic,

This was a tragic, unintentional, accident and you people are not helping by making these comments. If you don't know the exact circumstabces, lay off. The judge will decide what's best as painful as it will be for both familes. They both come from good homes and those of you who do live on the wrong side of the tracks are in no position to judge.

getagrip
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getagrip 03/12/09 - 06:48 am
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211Lover is obviously a

211Lover is obviously a hater. Assuming that Mr. Wise was rich because of where he lived is ridiculous and biased. A young man's life will be marred with this accident forever because of one careless moment in his life. It's sad that Mrs. Giles has lost her life and I feel grief for her family. This is a very sad situation all the way around. The charges are appropriate and I am sure the experts who examined the accident must agree. Goodness, even Justus thinks they are and that is very unusual! At least Columbia County has now provided sidewalks for the area and that is a good thing for everyone's future.

mutt
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mutt 03/12/09 - 07:01 am
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SCGAL53 Let me get this

SCGAL53 Let me get this straight. Wealthy = Good, and everyone who is not wealthy comes from "the wrong side of the tracks", and has no right to speak in your opinion? Sounds like you should lower your nose and watch where you're going lest you misstep yourself. Everyone here has just as much right to comment as you, no matter which side of the tracks they live on!!!!

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 03/12/09 - 07:08 am
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I didn't say wealthy - good

I didn't say wealthy - good you idiot. O was responding to others opinions who automatically criticize everyone on her. Jack@zz

mutt
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mutt 03/12/09 - 07:11 am
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"O" was responding??? And I'm

"O" was responding??? And I'm the idiot???????? OK Get over yourself, you ain't all that!

Motorman5039
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Motorman5039 03/12/09 - 07:12 am
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SCDAL53: Explain what "the

SCDAL53: Explain what "the wrong side of the tracks" is and what does that have to do with this tragic accident?

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 03/12/09 - 07:13 am
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Typos, which everyone has,

Typos, which everyone has, must make us all idiots

mutt
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mutt 03/12/09 - 07:25 am
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SCGAL53 You made that

SCGAL53 You made that snobbish wrong side of the tracks comment, and have not withdrawn it, which IMHO makes you the "Jack@zz", and an arrogant one at that! "who automatically criticize everyone on her" was that a typo? Sentence structure isn't important on your side of the tracks I guess. Look I was with you until the "wrong side of the tracks" thing. Then you painted a target on yourself with that belittling, expletive laden, train wreck of a response.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/12/09 - 08:01 am
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Dang, ya'll, play nice. This

Dang, ya'll, play nice. This isn't R&R.

mutt
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mutt 03/12/09 - 08:09 am
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Yes um'. Sorry PT, she hit a

Yes um'. Sorry PT, she hit a nerve. :o)~

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55 F-100 03/12/09 - 08:26 am
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Everyone should relax here

Everyone should relax here and stop the hate talk. Wise is 24 y.o. and second degree v.h. suggests to me that a plea negotiation will be reached whereby there will be a fine, probation and community service----possibly speaking to youth groups on the dangers of driving too fast for conditions in poorly lighted areas. D.A. Ashley Wright is a fair and reasonable prosecutor, and she knows that Giles must be charged and prosecuted for an accident which resulted in the death of a person. My deepest sympathy to the family of of Christian Giles

Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/12/09 - 08:33 am
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211Lover, Your comments are

211Lover, Your comments are filled with hate and are completely wrong. he doesnt come from a wealthy family and is not the son of anyone with connections. He is a good kid who made a mistake like I'm sure you never have before. I hope you can sleep well at night making statements about people you know nothing about. Jack[filtered word]

drumbeater1
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drumbeater1 03/12/09 - 08:55 am
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211lover,justus4....maybe,jus

211lover,justus4....maybe,just maybe these two adults should have had enough sense not to take a damn stroll down the side of a road.it is not a park to go walking in. peolpe make stupid errors in judgement everyday, and lots of times it 's personal safety involved. they share in the responsibility ,it's not right to blame that young man, and 211lover,i've lived in columbia county since it was pine thickets and kudzu fileds and the sheriffs office had 5 employees, so you take your sour grapes attitude and go to hell

drumbeater1
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drumbeater1 03/12/09 - 08:58 am
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btw...driving too fast for

btw...driving too fast for conditions is a cheap shot, i don't think it was meant to cover people walking their dogs down a road...they present the danger ,not the auto traffic, it's supposed to be there.

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DMac_357 03/12/09 - 09:05 am
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getagrip - I agree with your

getagrip - I agree with your 6:48 AM comment. This was a tragic accident but even though, the young man will still be charged and I believe rightly so. Some of these other comments are so over the top given the limited amount of information published in this story as always. This accident happened about 8 months ago so I'm hoping the DA's office took their time to make sure they had the charges right. He's looking at a maximum of 3 years and $3K for all the charges but if he's got a clean record, he probably won't do jail time. On the other hand, Mr. Giles's wife is gone so either way, this is a terrible situation.

mutt
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mutt 03/12/09 - 09:25 am
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Bottom line is that his

Bottom line is that his vehicle hit her, which means somebody was in the wrong place, and the person who was in the wrong place is responsible. If he was off the road then it's him, and if she was on the road then it's her. The case against Wise seems to hinge on one thing......the window tint! If the DA's office can prove that the tint was too dark, or applied in an illegal manor, and impaired his visibility then he will likely be found guilty, at least in a bench trial. It may be tougher for the DA if he asks for a jury trial, and has a good lawyer who can convince the jury that the tint didn't impair his vision. That could also be tough though, if the front windshield was actually tinted. In GA it is illegal to have any form of non factory tint on the front windshield, except for the top 6 inches (I think it's 6 inches) where you often see the lettered visors. The fact that it took 8 months to bring these charges, makes me think that this case is a bit shaky for the DA. I can recall other VH cases that were disposed of in a couple of months or less.

jff
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jff 03/12/09 - 09:26 am
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that road sucks.

that road sucks.

jff
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jff 03/12/09 - 09:29 am
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sounds like she was in the

sounds like she was in the road

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