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Woman accused of DUI in Thompson Bridge Road crash is convicted habitual violator
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Rianne Elizabeth Rider

The woman accused of DUI in a serious injury crash Monday night on Thompson Bridge Road had previously been convicted of being a habitual violator in March 2017, according to court records.

Two people were seriously injured following the wreck around 6 p.m. Monday, June 24, in Gainesville.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Justin Martin said Rianne Rider, 32, of Gainesville, was driving a Cadillac Escalade northbound on Thompson Bridge Road near Edgewater Drive. 

Martin said Rider’s car “crossed into the southbound lanes” and struck a Ford Expedition head-on.

Emergency personnel work a crash on Thompson Bridge Road after 6 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019. Photo courtesy Gainesville Police.

The Expedition’s driver and passenger, Gabriel Orozco Suarez, 53, and Lisandro Hernandez, 37, both of Gainesville, respectively, received serious but not life-threatening injuries.

They were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center along with another Expedition passenger, Cesar Martinez, of Gainesville, who suffered minor injuries.

A Jeep Cherokee headed southbound was also involved in the crash after the initial collision. The driver, Christopher Mundy, 57, of Gainesville, was uninjured.

Rider was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane.

Police added two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle and one count of misdemeanor obstruction Tuesday, June 25 to Rider’s charges.

“The obstruction charge relates to an attempted escape from custody while she was receiving treatment at the hospital,” Martin wrote in a news release.

Rider has a lengthy arrest record, which includes at least three previous DUI arrests dating back to 2008, according to court documents.

Rider pleaded guilty to charges of habitual violator, DUI of alcohol, failure to maintain lane and no proof of insurance in March 2017. She was given a four-year sentence with the first six months in confinement. Rider was given credit for time served.

As of Tuesday, Rider had no attorney information listed with the court.

The case is still under investigation.