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Trial begins in vehicular homicide case
Joshua Davis
Joshua Davis

After nearly two years of delays and continuances, the jury trial will go forward this week for a man charged with felony homicide by vehicle stemming from a 2016 wreck.

State of Georgia vs. Joshua Davis will take place throughout this week in Superior Criminal Court. Davis, a 32-year-old resident of Cumming has been handed down a variety of charges relating to the 2016 crash that killed one man and injured four others.

On Monday, Davis’ attorney Phil Pilgrim and assistant district attorney Jennifer Scalia met before a jury in the courtroom of Judge Philip Smith, for a case that both agreed would likely take more than a week to conclude.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office at the time, Davis was arrested on May 7, 2016, after a 2009 Ford F-250, allegedly operated by Davis, drifted into the southbound lane of Old Atlanta Road between St. Marlo Club Parkway and Hilltop Drive and struck a 2001 Ford F-250 traveling southbound.

At the time of the wreck, Rodriguez told FCN that the driver of the 2001 Ford F-250, 40-year-old Adolfo Mendoza of Norcross, attempted to avoid the collision by braking and steering his vehicle into the shoulder, but the impact forced his truck into the guardrail.

Mendoza died from his injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital more than a month after the wreck. Four other passengers of the 2001 Ford F-250 were taken at the time to North Fulton Hospital with critical to minor injuries.

Davis has been charged with two counts of felony homicide by vehicle, four counts of felony causing serious injury by vehicle, and one count each of driving under the influence and reckless driving. 

According to the bill of indictment in State of Georgia vs. Joshua Davis, over the course of the trial the jury will likely hear from a number of different witnesses from different organizations and governmental agencies, including the Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office, the Forsyth County Fire Department, EMS services, staff of Grady Hospital and North Fulton Hospital and others.