A Cornelia woman faces multiple vehicular homicide charges relating to an October 2014 crash involving a motorcyclist driving off the road.
Ruby Marie Marshall, 65, was indicted Dec. 1 on charges of first-degree vehicular homicide and second-degree vehicular homicide. She is accused of driving over the center line and subsequently leaving the scene, according to the indictment.
Marshall was allegedly “driving in the opposite lane of traffic, talking to a passenger and not paying attention to the roadway, driving too fast during a curve and using her cellular phone,” according to the indictment.
Marshall’s attorney Mike Weaver said he is looking forward to representing her, claiming his investigation will show that it was an accident.
“We think that the whole wreck was an accident, that Ms. Marshall was not at fault and we think when the facts come out that she will be vindicated,” Weaver said.
The incident occurred on Oct. 8, 2014, on Pea Ridge Road, where Jerald Benjamin Freeman, 47, of Cornelia, went off the roadway and died.
According to Georgia State Patrol, Freeman and his black Harley Davidson motorcycle traveled roughly 140 feet to the east shoulder and into an embankment. He was subsequently thrown approximately 16 feet from the motorcycle, the vehicle traveling without him for another 20 feet.
Freeman was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center by ambulance after suffering fatal injuries.
The first-degree vehicular homicide charge is predicated upon the later count of reckless driving, whereas the second-degree charge results from the failing to maintain lane allegation.
In addition to the vehicular homicide charges, Marshall is accused of reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and felony hit and run.