A Flowery Branch man faces three counts of first-degree vehicular homicide from a crash that killed one person and seriously injured another on Ga. 369.
Samuel Mark Phillips, 32, was indicted by a Hall County grand jury Dec. 1. The charges stem from a May 24 wreck on Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road west of Watson Circle.
The crash killed 60-year-old Cory Buckley, who succumbed to her injuries on June 8. Buckley worked as a supervisor for the Hall-Dawson Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
“Cory was a kind of person who was kind of larger than life and a force to be reckoned with,” Hall-Dawson CASA Executive Director Connie Stephens previously told The Times. “She had the biggest heart of anyone that we ever knew.”
According to Georgia State Patrol, Phillips was driving eastbound on Browns Bridge Road in a Chevrolet Trailblazer that allegedly crossed the centerline and struck a Chevrolet Malibu.
Cory’s husband Warren Buckley, 64, of Gainesville, was driving the car with two children in the back seat. The children were both treated and released.
Phillips’ attorney Arturo Corso declined to comment Tuesday.
Additionally, Phillips faces three counts of serious injury by vehicle, two counts of driving under the influence, one count of reckless driving and one count of failure to maintain lane.
Though Cory Buckley was the lone fatality, Phillips was charged with three counts of first-degree vehicular homicide. According to the indictment, each count is predicated by the subsequent allegations of driving under the influence and reckless driving.
The crash caused serious injuries to Warren Buckley’s legs, according to the indictment.