Woman charged in Feb. fa­tal­ity wreck

The Covington News - - Crime - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

A woman in­volved in a crash that claimed a man’s life ear­lier this year was ar­rested Mon­day on mul­ti­ple charges stem­ming from the wreck.

Maria Joann Strick­land, 23, is charged with homi­cide by ve­hi­cle, ve­hi­cles to drive on right side of the road and im­proper lane us­age and was booked into the Newton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

The charges stem from a wreck that oc­curred on Feb. 8 on Ga. High­way 36. Ac­cord­ing to Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol spokesman Gordy Wright, Strick­land was driv­ing a 1999 Buick north when she crossed the cen­ter line and hit a 1987 Toy­ota pickup headon.

The truck’s driver, 29year-old Wil­liam Travis Wat­son, was killed in the crash. A woman and tod­dler were in the ve­hi­cle at the time and both were trans­ported to At­lanta hos­pi­tals for treat­ment.

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