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Gainesville man charged with homicide by vehicle after fiery February crash
Ryan Travanti Stephens
Ryan Travanti Stephens

A Gainesville man has been arrested in connection with a fiery wreck that killed a Monroe County woman in February on Browns Bridge Road.
Ryan Travanti Stephens, 34, of Gainesville was arrested Saturday by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and charged with homicide by vehicle following an investigation into the wreck by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Doug Rainwater said.  

On Feb. 18, Stephens was traveling east on Browns Bridge Road near Jot Em Down Road in a 2002 Infinity when it crossed over the center line and struck a 2006 Chevrolet truck traveling west, according to a press release from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.
The Infinity’s passenger, 26-year-old Wachovia Thompson of Monroe County, was killed on impact with the Chevrolet, and Stephens, the driver, received serious burn injuries, Rainwater said.
Stephens was arrested after being released from Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle, driving without a valid license, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane, Rainwater said.
An incident report from the wreck states the Infinity “left the roadway and it appeared that the driver overcorrected and went into the other lane” before impacting with the Chevrolet and catching fire.
Rainwater said neither Stephens nor Thompson had any identification with them in the vehicle and both had to be identified by their fingerprints.
After the incident, the driver of the Chevrolet and two juvenile passengers were taken to the hospital; they have since recovered, Rainwater said.
Stephens was transported to the Forsyth County Jail by Hall County deputies and as of Tuesday morning remained there under a bond of $4,205.
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