Police in Georgia have charged the woman who they say was driving an addiction recovery group’s van that overturned and resulted in a fatal I-85 crash on Saturday, April 24. The van which was transporting members of We Are Living Proof burst into flames and six passengers died.
Thirty-two-year-old Monica Elizabeth Manire of Byron, Georgia is now facing six counts of first-degree vehicular homicide.
On Thursday, Gwinnett police said they believe Manire changed lanes recklessly and this caused the 15-passenger Dodge Ram to flip on its side. Vehicular homicide is a felony offense that’s punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Manire is also accused of serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, and improper lane change. She was booked into Gwinnett County Jail on Wednesday.
The charges came after police named the women who died in the crash. They are:
- 38-year-old Normisha Monroe of Roswell
- 34-year-old Alishia Carrol of Columbus
- 44-year-old Kristie Whitfield of Mount Airy
- 26-year-old Ashleigh Paris of Kennesaw
- 53-year-old Tina Rice of Atlanta
- 34-year-old Rose Patrick of Ellabell
The nine survivors were taken to two different hospitals.
Video from the Georgia Department of Transportation showed the van being consumed by thick flames as heavy smoke arose.
Police are still probing the fatal I-85 crash. An initial report said the van was heading north when another vehicle changed lanes unexpectedly in front of it.
Officers said Manire lost control of the vehicle and it rolled onto its side. It skidded across two lanes of the I-985 entrance ramp and crashed into a guardrail before it came to a stop.
Manire’s father said she was not employed by We Are Living Proof but this has not been confirmed by Gwinnett police. A sister of one of the victims said she had never seen Manire driving the van before.
If your loved one was killed in a crash caused by a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Seek help from a Georgia car accident lawyer.