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Driver charged in fatal Habersham crash

By Rob Moore Reporter
CORNELIA - A single-vehicle wreck Sunday night left an Alto man dead and the driver facing serious charges.<br /> <br /> Sgt. D.F. Lunsford of Georgia State Patrol Post 7 in Toccoa provided details.<br /> <br /> The wreck occurred at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, and involved a 2009 silver Honda Accord that was traveling east on Demorest-Mt. Airy Highway.<br /> <br /> "The driver failed to maintain his lane of travel," Lunsford said. "The vehicle exited the roadway to the right and traveled into a yard, where it struck a tree and a parked motor vehicle."<br /> <br /> The parked car was unoccupied at the time of the collision.<br /> <br /> Lunsford identified the driver of the Honda as 22-year-old Colby Dewayne Oliver of Clermont. <br /> <br /> Oliver, who suffered injuries to his right arm, is charged with driving under the influence, first-degree homicide by vehicle, serious injury by motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane, and reckless driving, Lunsford said. Oliver was taken by ambulance to Habersham Medical Center.<br /> <br /> The right front passenger, 23-year-old Joshua Kesniel Thomas of Alto, suffered injuries to the chest and ribs and was taken by ambulance to Habersham Medical Center.<br /> <br /> Lunsford said Jimmy Sebastian Tackett, 19, of Alto was in the right rear of the vehicle and died at the scene.<br /> <br /> Emergency personnel remained on scene until after 3 a.m. Monday.<br /> <br /> The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is conducting an independent investigation of the crash.
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