Ellijay man charged with vehicular homicide

An Ellijay man was arrested for DUI and eventually vehicular homicide after the accident he caused in Cherokee County resulted in the death of one of his passengers, according to a Cherokee sheriff’s office incident report released last week.

Kenneth Michael Williams, 37, was driving a white Ford Ranger and failed to yield at the intersection of Upper Bethany Road and Damascus Road. He was struck by a black Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Blake Sears, 29, of Ball Ground. The wreck occurred just after 3 p.m. on July 25, according to a release.

Sears traveled off the roadway into a ditch and overturned. The Ranger overturned, ejecting passengers Robert Jett, 26, and Sandra Potts, 37, both of Ellijay.  Jett and Potts were not wearing seat belts, the release states.  

Potts was life-flighted to a local hospital with serious injuries, and Jett was taken by ambulance to a hospital with nonlife threatening injuries. Potts died Thursday, July 27, as a result of her injuries, according to the Cherokee sheriff’s office.

Sears had two other passengers in the truck, Chasati Sears, 28, and their infant daughter. All parties in the Silverado were seat belted properly and did not sustain injuries.

Williams is now charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and second-degree vehicular homicide, DUI-drugs, causing serious injury by motor vehicle, reckless driving, failing to stop at a stop sign, driving on a suspended license, driving with no insurance, no seat belt and driving an unsafe vehicle. 

The sheriff’s office Traffic Enforcement Unit is continuing the investigation. Williams is being housed in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, according to the release.

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