A Coweta man identified as Robert Clyde Kittinger Jr. was charged with vehicular homicide and is facing several other serious charges after being arrested in relation to a deadly crash on I-85 on November 10.
The authorities said Kittinger, 30, was driving under the influence at the time of the crash in which one woman was killed. Kittinger was arrested at the scene of the crash and subsequently booked into the Coweta County Jail.
He is facing charges of vehicular homicide, DUI, open container, reckless driving, marijuana possession, drug-related objects, following too closely, driving too fast for conditions, and operating a vehicle without registration.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the accident happened around 9:30 p.m. after a previous crash caused a backup of traffic on I-85 North.
GSP said Kittinger didn’t slow down. He crashed his 2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty in the back of a Ford Fusion and pushed it into a Lexus ES sedan before veering left and striking a Hyundai Santa Fe.
The Fusion burst into flames following the impact. Coweta County Fire Rescue officials were able to quickly extinguish the blaze when they arrived.
However, the driver – an unnamed 51-year-old woman from Hogansville – died at the scene. She was pronounced dead by Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk.
No one else sustained injuries in the crash.
The accident caused a portion of the interstate to be closed for hours. GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team will investigate the crash and Kittinger’s toxicology results are pending.
In 2018, Georgia recorded 1,504 traffic deaths, a reduction from the 1,540 recorded in 2017. This is according to statistics from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
If you lost a loved one in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, a Georgia car accident lawyer may be able to help you get compensation.