A Gainesville man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide in the second degree connected to a fatal wreck almost one year ago in North Hall County.
Micah James Mills, 22, son of former state Rep. James Mills, is accused of crossing over the center lane at about 8:20 a.m. Oct. 1 while traveling north on Thompson Bridge Road at Price Road.
Mills’ 2006 Toyota Tundra struck a 1996 Ford Mustang, killing its driver, Steven Kyle Martin, 22, of Dahlonega.
The second-degree charge is typically issued in cases in which a fatality results from a minor traffic violation, Mills’ attorney Graham McKinnon said. The maximum sentence for the charge is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, he said.
The charges were filed after the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team submitted a report on the incident to the Solicitor of State Court in Hall County. SCRT reports include a detailed reconstruction of the accident and typically take months to complete.
“Our SCRT reports have been running a good 11 to 12 months in delay in getting them from the state patrol’s office,” Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard said.
McKinnon added that “it’s not anything anybody’s done, but these cases just take awhile ... they want to make sure they get it right when they do these reports.”
McKinnon said a not guilty plea in this type of case is typical at this stage. The defense waived arraignment and requested discovery items, including access to the SCRT report and any other documents it is entitled to, he said.
“We’ll work together to hopefully see that the resolution is just for all concerned,” McKinnon said.