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Weekend accidents kill 2 Hall residents

Driver faces vehicular homicide charge in hit and run

POSTED: April 17, 2012 12:22 a.m.

Accidents over the weekend left two South Hall residents dead and a Gainesville man in jail.

A 19-year-old Gainesville man has been charged in the early Saturday hit-and-run death of a 20-year-old Oakwood woman.

Justin Tyler Graham has been charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree and felony failure to stop and render aid to Kimberly Renee Yelverton.

Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon said Graham was driving east on Mundy Mill Road about 2:15 a.m. Saturday when he struck Yelverton, who was crossing Mundy Mill Road at Curt Lance Way, or near the QuikTrip convenience store.

“It killed her instantly,” Moon said.

“He left the scene and then told some people what had happened, and the people told him he had to go back and make that right,” the chief said. “So, he came back to the scene. He didn’t even go even half a mile. He just panicked.”

Alcohol and drugs weren’t involved, Moon added.

“We just feel like the accident could have been avoided had he paid attention and attempted not to hit her,” he said.

Graham, who was driving a Dodge Dakota pickup truck, was taken to the Hall County Jail.

A bond hearing has been set for Thursday for Graham, said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Another accident involving a single vehicle also proved fatal on Saturday.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a wreck that killed a 27-year-old man from Flowery Branch.

The agency says Jeremy Randolph was driving north on Benefield Road that evening when he ran onto the west shoulder of the road on a left curve.

Randolph reportedly overcorrected, causing his vehicle to cross over both lanes of traffic, striking a fence and traveling into a pasture.

The state patrol says Randolph was ejected from his vehicle as it rolled over numerous times, eventually striking him.

GSP was called to the scene at about 9:30 p.m. The accident remains under investigation.


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