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Cartersville man charged for 2018 Matt Highway wreck
Kenwood Fred Hines
Kenwood Fred Hines

Local authorities have arrested a man from northwest Georgia in connection with a north Forsyth wreck that left two people critically injured and a pet dog dead in late September. 

Kenwood Fred Hines, 57, of Cartersville has been arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and charged with DUI, felony serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving for allegedly causing a head-on wreck along Matt Highway on Sept. 21, 2018. 

Authorities at the time stated that at about 9 a.m. on Sept. 21, a Dodge minivan allegedly driven by Hines and traveling west on Matt Highway entered the eastbound lane for “approximately 10 seconds,” striking a Mercedes SUV head-on.

Division Chief Jason Shivers with the Forsyth County Fire Department said that Hines and another driver were trapped in their vehicles, had to be cut out by rescuers and were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Authorities also stated that a small dog that had been in the Mercedes SUV did not survive the wreck.

An incident report from the accident states that evidence of alcoholic beverages and drugs were allegedly found in Hines’ vehicle at the scene.  

From this incident, Hines has been charged with one felony count of serious injury by vehicle and misdemeanor counts for driving under the influence of multiple substances, reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of an undivided street.

Previously Hines was arrested by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 1, 2018 for DUI and following too closely. 

As of press time, Hines has been released from the Forsyth County Jail under a bond of $10,690.