Homi­cide by car charges dropped

GSP says re­con­struc­tion showed driver was de­ceased

The Covington News - - Book bindery day local gas price tracker - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

Af­ter fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, all charges against 21-year-old Wil­ford Bran­don Wil­liams were dropped once Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol com­pleted a scene re­con­struc­tion of the ac­ci­dent that left one dead in the early morn­ing hours of Sept. 15.

GSP orig­i­nally charged Wil­liams with no seat belts, homi­cide by vehi- cle in the first de­gree, im­proper lane us­age and DUI first of­fense and he was booked into the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. Troop­ers be­lieved Wil­liams had been the driver of the 2006 Pon­tiac G6 that left the road, hit a mail­box and then a util­ity pole and flipped on Kirk­land Road. Joshua Billups, 21, was ejected from the ve­hi­cle and pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Be­cause there was a death, GSPs Spe­cial­ized Col­li­sion and Re­con­struc­tion Team (SCRT) were called out to re­con­struct the ac­ci­dent — some­thing done any time there is a death or se­ri­ous bod­ily harm with crim­i­nal charges

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