One dead in late night wreck

♦ Rome stu­dent killed in Cedar­town, driver fac­ing ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide charges

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

A Rock­mart teen who at­tends school in Rome was killed, an­other is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and a third was jailed fol­low­ing a late night wreck in Cedar­town.

Polk County Coroner Tony Bra­zier said 15-year-old Ke­mar­ion Wash­ing­ton was pro­nounced dead in the Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter emergency room fol­low­ing life­sav­ing ef­forts for more than an hour at 11:48 p.m. on Thurs­day night, June 14.

His 12-year-old brother Brent Wash­ing­ton was at Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta at Egle­ston fol­low­ing surgery in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, Bra­zier added on Fri­day, June 15. His con­di­tion at press time was still un­known.

“Our thoughts are with the Wash­ing­ton fam­ily and all of those af­fected by this loss and in­jury,” a state­ment by Rome City Schools stated.

Ke­mar­ion Wash­ing­ton, a ris­ing tenth grade stu­dent at Rome High School, and his brother Brent Wash­ing­ton, a ris­ing sev­enth grader Rome Mid­dle School, were both

pas­sen­gers in a Nis­san Rogue trav­el­ing at 70 mph in a 35 mph zone on Kim­wood Drive around 11 p.m. when the ve­hi­cle struck a ce­ment and brick mail­box nearly head on. The ve­hi­cle flipped sev­eral times ac­cord­ing to the

Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol.

The res­i­dents at 296 Kim­wood Drive im­me­di­ately called 911 for help, and went out to see what they could do.

The driver, 18-year-old Steven Kyle Timms of 108 Perry St., Cedar­town, was ex­tri­cated from the ve­hi­cle along with the Wash­ing­ton broth­ers and 17-year-old Devin Maddox by Cedar­town Fire and Res­cue. Both

Wash­ing­ton broth­ers were rushed to area hos­pi­tals for treat­ment, where Ke­mar­ion died and Brent was later life flighted for emergency surgery to At­lanta.

“We’re ask­ing for prayers for his fam­ily at this time,” Bra­zier said.

Maddox and Timms were not in­jured, ac­cord­ing to the GSP.

Timms re­mains in

cus­tody for felony charges of homi­cide by ve­hi­cle in the first de­gree and se­ri­ous in­jury by ve­hi­cle, along with misdemeanor charges of pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana con­tribut­ing to the de­pri­va­tion of a mi­nor, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, reck­less driv­ing, fail­ure to main­tain a lane, a seat belt vi­o­la­tion and driv­ing too fast for con­di­tions.

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