Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate a fatal wreck in North Hall earlier this month. Charges against the driver are pending the completion of that investigation.
Steven Kyle Martin, 22, of Dahlonega was killed when his 1996 Ford Mustang was hit head-on by a 2006 Toyota Tundra driven by Micah James Mills, 21, of Gainesville. Mills is the son of state Rep. James Mills, R-Chestnut Mountain, who didn't return phone calls Wednesday from The Times.
The Rev. Robby Foster, senior pastor at Hopewell Baptist Church in Gainesville, where the Mills are active members, declined to comment on the family's reaction to the wreck but did provide the church's response.
"I just know it's been tragic for both and we're just praying for both families," Foster said.
The Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident and there is no time frame regarding its completion.
The wreck occurred about 8:20 a.m. Oct. 1 on Thompson Bridge Road at Price Road.
Secretary Amy Eubanks of the reconstruction team said the team's investigations require thorough analysis — the reason why they often take months to complete.
"We work fatal accidents only that are prosecutable or possibly prosecutable," Eubanks said.
Basic accidents handled by the state patrol normally result in reports ranging from three to four pages in length, but SCRT reports usually range in excess of 200 pages.
"The trooper from the post is trained — he's an accident investigator — but these guys here, they are extensively trained in investigating accidents to the point of reconstructing them," Eubanks said.
That report includes a complete reconstruction of the wreck that attempts to piece together exactly what occurred.
"They go out to the scene and take measurements, mark the scene, take pictures, interview anyone involved," Eubanks said.
Once they complete the investigation possible charges would come from county authorities.
"They're basically just trying to find out the facts of what happened, then they turn that information over to the prosecutor's office in whatever county the crash happens in. And it's in the prosecutor's court at that time," Eubanks said.
Investigators do know Mills struck Martin's vehicle after Mills' crossed over the center line while traveling northbound and nearly struck another driver before colliding head-on with Martin's Mustang.
Two witnesses — one traveling ahead of Martin and another traveling behind Mills — told authorities they saw Mills' vehicle cross over the center line before hitting Martin.
Following the accident, Mills told authorities he fell asleep and lost control of his vehicle.
Mills was treated for injuries at the scene, but Martin died shortly after being flown to Gwinnett Medical Center.