Charges filed in ’11 death of motorcyclist

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN Staff Re­porter

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.

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