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Trooper: Man said he didn't see woman he allegedly ran over, killed
Paul Osborne
Paul Osborne

A Georgia State Patrol trooper testified Monday regarding a man allegedly backing up a pickup truck over a Gainesville woman.

Paul Bruce Osborne, 57, of Gainesville, appeared in Magistrate Court with attorney Larry Duttweiler to face charges of first-degree vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Trooper David Kraeling testified about Rachel Hull, 53, of Gainesville, who had been transported Oct. 5 to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Hospital staff advised law enforcement about “serious crush trauma” on Hull, who had been transported from Osborne Road.

Kraeling arrived on scene around 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and spoke with Osborne.

The Gainesville man said he was trying to move the truck so that it was not blocking the driveway, moving it some 40 feet, according to state patrol.

“When he exited the truck, he saw Ms. Hull laying on the ground,” Kraeling said.

When examining the car, he said there were no dents. Osborne attempted to revive Hull before calling 911, according to state patrol.

Kraeling testified about Osborne having a strong odor of alcohol and displaying slurred speech at the scene.

Duttweiler questioned the trooper about Hull, who lived in the area.

“(Osborne) had asked her to leave,” Kraeling said.

Kraeling said Osborne told authorities he did not see Hull before moving the truck.

The judge sent the case on to Superior Court as charged.

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