A jury will return Wednesday morning (Aug. 22) to hear closing arguments in a fatal December 2016 wreck on Thompson Bridge Road in Hall County.
Jonathan Derek Flanagan, of Dahlonega, was charged in a December 2017 indictment with first- and second-degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain lane.
The indictment accuses Flanagan of weaving “in and out of traffic in the rain at a speed that was too fast for conditions, and (driving) on the wrong side of the roadway, in a reckless disregard for the safety of persons and property.”
Spencer Munger of Georgia State Patrol testified Tuesday about his interview with Flanagan at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after the incident.
“As I’m again talking to him, he’s starting to get agitated. Like, ‘Why are you asking me these questions?’ One of the statements I specifically remember was, ‘Nobody gives a damn about me,’” Munger said.
Georgia State Patrol said at the time of the incident, Dec. 6, 2016, Flanagan was driving north on Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 near Price Road when he crossed the center line and struck a car with four people.
Elizabeth Alvarez-Perez, 44, was driving the other car and was in critical condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville along with her children, then 16-year-old Stephanie and 14-year-old Matthew. Jesus Alvarez-Perez, 19, died at the hospital.
According to the indictment, Stephanie Perez suffered injuries to her leg and jaw. Matthew’s face and nose and Elizabeth Perez’s leg and ankle were harmed in the wreck, according to the indictment.
Flanagan told the trooper he had been to his girlfriend’s house and was headed home. He had passed a truck before his vehicle fishtailed on the slick roads.
Munger said the defendant had admitted to taking Lortab, a painkiller brand of hydrocodone, that was not prescribed to him. A GBI lab test came back negative for any substances.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Wanda Vance clarified in her opening statement to the jury that this was not a DUI case, a fact and line of questioning dealt with greatly by defense attorney Larry Duttweiler in his cross-examination of Munger.
The parties in the case will return at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, when the jury will hear closing arguments and likely begin deliberations.