The man who was wanted in connection with an ATV crash that killed Morgan Jean-Marie Shea turned himself in to the authorities on Tuesday.
Twenty-year-old Bentley Joseph Devore of Appling is accused of fleeing the scene of the accident over the weekend and leaving 20-year-old Shea to die. This is according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Devore is now facing charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.
Shea was a passenger on the Can-Am ATV that Devore was driving along Morris Calloway Road when he crashed.
The sheriff’s office said Devore lost control of the vehicle near White Oak Road. This caused him to go off the road. Devore then overcorrected in an effort to get back on the road and the vehicle began to spin. Both Devore and Shea were ejected from the ATV.
When first responders arrived on the scene, Devore was not there. A family member took him to hospital where he was treated and discharged.
No information was provided about why Devore fled the scene. However, according to media reports, court documents show that he is on probation in connection with a felony conviction in Burke County.
Devore was arrested in July 2019 following a high-speed chase. He was charged with firearm possession, felony fleeing, and second-degree criminal damage. He entered a negotiated guilty plea at the start of this year and was sentenced to five years’ probation. Devore was also required to pay a $5, 000 fine.
In addition to his current DUI and vehicular homicide charges, Devore is also accused of driving with a suspended license, driving with an open container, and reckless driving.
It was not immediately clear how Shea and Devore knew each other.
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