Wo­man gets 30 days in fire­fighter’s death

Cobb res­i­dent ran into man as he was help­ing mo­torist, killing him.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Ben Brasch ben.brasch@ajc.com

A Ken­ne­saw wo­man has been sen­tenced to 30 days in jail for ac­ci­den­tally driv­ing into and killing a man who was help­ing a stranded mo­torist.

Court­ney McClellan was booked back into Cobb County jail Thurs­day fol­low­ing her sen­tenc­ing on a mis­de­meanor sec­ond-de­gree ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide charge, records show.

McClellan, 22 at the time, killed 52-year-old Mark Strow, a vol­un­teer Al­pharetta fire­fighter, about 4:30 a.m. on May 29, 2017, ac­cord­ing to a war­rant.

Strow had pulled his Ford Ex­plorer up be­hind a dis­abled Chevro­let Im­pala on In­ter­state 75 near Delk Road, po­lice said. He ac­ti­vated the strobe lights of his Ex­plorer and put on his re­flec­tive vest.

“Then he said, ‘Brother, don’t worry about it; ev­ery­thing’s un­der con­trol,’” the driver of the Im­pala, 36-year-old Elvis James Jr., pre­vi­ously told Chan­nel 2 Ac­tion News.

The chain-re­ac­tion crash hap­pened mo­ments later, killing Strow.

A sec­ond-de­gree ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide charge is de­fined by Ge­or­gia code as be­ing an unin- ten­tional death.

Chris Lan­ning, who pros­e­cuted the case, said the charge was ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause McClellan was speed­ing, go­ing 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, but was sober.

Her lack of be­ing un­der the in­flu­ence made a dif­fer­ence, Lan­ning said.

“That’s one of the de­ter­min­ing fac­tors on be­ing a mis­de­meanor and a felony,” he said.

Lan­ning said Strow’s fam­ily had been con­tacted about the sen­tence and ap­proved.

He said McClellan’s sen­tence will be bro­ken into two 15-day pe­ri­ods, which he said isn’t un­com­mon. Oth­er­wise, she has a clean record.

McClellan will be on pro­ba­tion for two years after serv­ing her time­and must com­plete 100 com­mu­nity ser­vice hours in ad­di­tion to pay a fine of about $800.

Court­ney McClellan was speed­ing at the time of the wreck, say prose­cu­tors.

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