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Judge sets bond hearing in I-85 fatal wreck

POSTED: April 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.

LAWRENCEVILLE — The 20-year-old Gainesville man charged in a four-car interstate crash that left four people dead appeared in Gwinnett County Magistrate Court Thursday.

The judge formally notified Cody Rhoden of the criminal charges against him, including four counts of vehicular homicide and one count of felony hit and run. The judge set a bond hearing for April 11th.

Rhoden turned himself in to police Tuesday night after what police are calling a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 85.

His father attended the hearing with Rhoden.

His attorney, Jeffrey Sliz, said following his client's arrest that Rhoden is not to blame for the accident. Sliz says his client's car was hit in the side, causing it to spin out of control.

The family in the sport utility vehicle that was hit had rented it to take them home from the airport after returning from a friend's wedding in Utah.

Police identify the victims as Whitney Randle; her 13-month-old son, Kayden Randle-Finley; and her brother, 14-year-old Alexander Randle. All were passengers in the SUV. The driver, 44-year-old Mark Anthony Gay, who owned the limousine company, also was killed.

Injured were Randle's mother and father, her fiance, and an 11-year-old boy who was a passenger in another car.



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