DAWSONVILLE — Vehicular homicide charges have been brought against a Dawson County man who was seriously injured in a collision that killed an elderly woman.
In addition to two counts of first degree homicide by vehicle, 26-year-old Brian Christopher Reed faces four counts of serious injury by vehicle, and one count each of reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and failure to maintain lane.
Vivian Humphrey, 87, of Dawsonville died from injuries in the June 11 crash on Hwy. 9.
Her son, 69-year-old John Humphrey of Cumming, also suffered injuries, as did Reed, who was pulled from his burning truck by a nearby resident.
"I was standing in my yard looking toward the road and I saw a truck swerving into the wrong side of the road,” said Joseph Fink after the crash. “The truck had a head-on collision with the Concord. The truck went up into flames as soon as it hit."
Reed's father, who was following behind when his son wrecked, along with two Dawson County Sheriff’s deputies helped Fink with the rescue.
"I couldn't get to him and the flames were hitting his face. Me and his father were trying to get him out but we couldn't do it," Fink said. "I had [my family] bring over a fire extinguisher and I put out as much as I could.
“By the time he was out of the vehicle, maybe 2 feet away from the car, the whole thing went up in flames. About that time, the fire department showed up."
Reed was first listed in critical condition with serious burns, several broken bones and severe lacerations. His family said he continues to recover from the injuries.
Reed was traveling south on Hwy. 9 near Veterans Memorial Park when he reportedly crossed the double yellow line and struck the Concord.
Reed turned himself in to local authorities Sunday, and was released later that day after posting a $35,000 bond.