A male driver responsible for a fatal crash on Tallassee Road faces a homicide charge. Lieutenant Shaun Barnett, the public information officer of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, revealed the charges against the suspect in a press release on Wednesday, June 9th. He stated that as a result of crash investigations, the department issued an arrest warrant against the suspect, Juan Manuel Romero Garrido, 40.
The man faces the charges of Homicide by Vehicle in the first degree, Serious Injury by Vehicle, and DUI Alcohol. Garrido also faces Failure to Maintain Lane and Driving Without a Valid Licence. If convicted, he faces years in prison and fines.
The accident for which the man stands accused occurred early this year. According to the county police, on February 7th, officers with the department responded to a report of a crash on Tallassee Road. The accident involving a Jeep Wrangler and a Chevrolet Tahoe occurred between Christa Lane and Ramble Hills Drive.
The Jeep driver, Christopher Nix, 50, of Jefferson, GA, died from the injuries sustained in the accident. Two passengers in the vehicle suffered severe injuries and received treatment at a local hospital. Garrido also sustained injuries and received treatment.
The county police are currently searching for the suspect. They asked the public to provide them with information on his whereabouts. Anyone who has information about the accident should also contact the police.
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