GAINESVILLE — A Flowery Branch man faces three counts of first-degree vehicular homicide from a May 24 crash that killed one and seriously injured another on Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369) west of Watson Circle.
Samuel Mark Phillips, 32, was indicted by a Hall County grand jury on Dec. 1. The crash claimed the life of 60-year-old Cory Buckley, who succumbed to her injuries June 8.
Buckley worked as a supervisor for the Hall-Dawson Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
“Cory was a kind of person who was kind of larger than life and a force to be reckoned with,” Hall-Dawson CASA Executive Director Connie Stephens previously told The Times. “She had the biggest heart of anyone that we ever knew.”
According to Georgia State Patrol, Phillips was driving east on Browns Bridge Road in a Chevrolet Trailblazer that reportedly crossed the centerline and struck a Chevrolet Malibu.
Cory’s husband Warren Buckley, 64, of Gainesville, was driving the Malibu with two children in the backseat. The children were both treated and released.
Phillips’ attorney Arturo Corso declined to comment Tuesday.
In addition, Phillips faces three counts of serious injury by vehicle, two counts of driving under the influence, one count of reckless driving and one count of failure to maintain lane.
Though Cory Buckley was the only fatality, Phillips was charged with three counts of first-degree vehicular homicide. According to the indictment, each count is predicated by the subsequent allegations of driving under the influence and reckless driving.
The crash caused serious injuries to Warren Buckley’s legs, according to the indictment.