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Man charged with first-degree vehicular homicide year after Gainesville wreck

A Gainesville man was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide more than a year after a fatal wreck on Gaines Mill Road in Hall County, according to authorities.

Luis Enrique Ramirez, 30, was also charged with too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and “DUI/drugs/less safe,” according to the Department of Public Safety.

“At the conclusion of the (Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team) findings, warrants were taken for Mr. Ramirez. The (SCRT) report, although complete, is not available for release as it is an ongoing case,” Department of Public Safety Lt. Stephanie Stallings wrote in an email.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said the warrants served were dated Feb. 15.

The wreck happened around 6 p.m. Jan. 30, 2019, at Gaines Mill Road north of Jim Sweet Road.

Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Josh Hedden previously told The Times Luis Enrique Ramirez, 29, of Gainesville, was traveling southbound on Gaines Mill Road in a Dodge Neon. 

Two cars were headed northbound, with Christian Abel Menchaca, 27, of Gainesville, driving a Dodge Charger ahead of Walter Patrick Fulbright, 52, of Kennesaw, in a Dodge Ram truck.

Hedden said Ramirez’s car crossed the centerline and struck Menchaca’s car.

Menchaca’s car then “rotated counterclockwise and struck a mailbox,” Hedden wrote in an email.

Ramirez’s car kept heading in the wrong direction and struck Fulbright’s truck head-on.

Ramirez’s passenger, Austin Jeremy Tatum, 32, of Gainesville, was fatally injured.

Ramirez and Fulbright suffered serious injuries, though Menchaca was unharmed.

No attorney information was available for Ramirez Wednesday, Feb. 19.

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