Charges filed in ’11 death of motorcyclist
Charges have been filed in the death of popular motorcyclist James Burton Eenhuis, 65, who was killed January 27, 2011.
Sophia Rene Cook, 45, was charged Friday with vehicle homicide in the second degree and failure to follow stop signs and yield signs. Cook, who is also known as Ricky Oliver Cook, is accused of pulled her 2002 Hyundai into the path of Eenhuis’ 1989 Honda Hawk motorcycle. The accident occurred around 6:15 p.m. on Ga. Highway 81 at Carroll Street.
Eenhuis was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where he later died as a result of his injuries.
According to Geor- gia law, second degree vehicular homicide is defined as one that has occurred “without intent to kill that involves any other violations of the laws governing the operation of motor vehicles.” In this case, that would be the stop and yield sign violations.
A misdemeanor charge, second degree vehicular homicide can result in jail time of up to a year and a fine of up to $1,000 or both. A judge could also choose to grant a probation sentence.
Since Cook was convicted in 1999 of three counts of child molestation and one count of sexual battery on a victim under 16 years in Dekalb County, it is unclear if her criminal background will play a part in her sentencing.