A 35-year-old Georgia man is facing multiple charges including murder following a crash that killed 12-year-old Leden Boykins.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, a trooper tried to pull over a Kia Sorrento on Friday at 1:09 a.m. The driver was reportedly speeding along Bethel Church Road in Paulding County. The Georgia man was pulled over but he allegedly refused to lower his window or produce identification.
The man was later identified as Charles Wilson Moore and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office discovered that he was driving on a suspended license. The sheriff said Moore also seemed to be under the influence of alcohol.
A deputy eventually broke the side window of the car and Moore reportedly drove over the deputy’s foot and sped off.
Officers pursued the vehicle and a high-speed chase took place along Highway 92 until the officers used a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) to stop the car.
The maneuver caused Moore’s vehicle to flip over and it crashed into a ditch.
When law enforcement officials recovered the vehicle, they discovered that Boykins had died. He was sitting in the back seat and not wearing a seatbelt.
Moore and his 14-year-old passenger Blake Zyier received minor injuries and were taken to hospital.
Boykins’ family said he was staying with his grandmother, Patricia Williams, while his parents attended a family funeral in Michigan.
Williams allowed Boykins to join Moore in cleaning parking lots at night.
Moore is facing several charges including murder during the commission of a felony, first-degree homicide by vehicle, endangering a child while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and fleeing and attempting to elude.
If you lost a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Georgia car accident attorney for advice.