Driver Charged in Deaths of Cartersville Infant, Two Women

Brent Lynch faces three homicide charges, a feticide and five other offenses after the Christmas Day crash.

A Calhoun man has been charged in the fatal accident that claimed the lives of an infant and two women, all from Cartersville, on Christmas Day

The investigating Georgia State Patrol trooper took out warrants and Brent Leighton Lynch of Calhoun, was charged and jailed in the Gordon County Detention Center Wednesday night.

Lynch has been charged with:

  • Three counts of first degree vehicular homicide
  • One count of feticide by vehicle
  • Two counts of serious injury by vehicle
  • DUI
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road, and
  • Failing to maintain lane.

The crash occurred Tuesday at 5:47 p.m. on Georgia Highway 53 near Mauldin in Gordon County.

The crash killed April Nacoale Winters and two passengers in her vehicle – Tanika Latrice Ackies, 21, of Cartersville, and 27-day-old Niyla Raine Ackies, also of Cartersville.

Alexis Gardner, 20, and Ratanza Winters, 20, both of Cartersville and passengers in the Kia, were injured in the crash and taken to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, for treatment.

Lynch and a passenger in his vehicle, Crystal Lynch, 35, of Calhoun, also were injured and taken to Erlanger.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete for Tanika and Niyla Ackies. Visitation for  Tanika Ackies will be Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, 5-8 p.m. at Parnick Jennings Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cartersville. Services will be on Saturday, Jan. 5, with interment at Sunset Memory Gardens in Cartersville.

The arrest information was supplied by the Georgia State Patrol. It does not indicate a conviction.

Kathey Hope December 28, 2012 at 02:46 AM
My sister lost her daughter and grandaughter, Why, because some fool wanted to drink and drive. When will people learn, it's always the innocent ones who pay the price. Please keep my sister and her family in your prayers.
Sateria glover December 28, 2012 at 08:27 AM
steve December 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
While driving a person needs to be very attentive at their driving and what other drivers are doing to even be slightly typsy is a obstruction to a drivers response and judgement. Dont drink and drive ...period!
Priscilla Moore December 29, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Wow my heart goes out to the families who's loved ones were takin in this tragic accident!! May God bring peace and strength to you all!! Priscilla Moore!
dbrunet January 03, 2013 at 03:34 AM
It absolutely angers me, matter of fact it disgust me, that we have such horrible accidents like this to innocent people because lack of stupidity and taking a wild guess this was NOT the first time he has driven like this, and our laws are even making it EASIER for those who are getting DUI's to get their license back. On top of it, like we don't have enough of these accidents going on, but passing a law to buy alcohol on Sundays to make more money. Really! What is it going to freakin take to make a point. Why is it so darn difficult to put the hammer down on people the first time so they learn a lesson. Now the new law was just pasted yesterday on the 1st for DUI 2nd offenders to get even more slack! The hammer should of come down on the first one. This family is heart broken! Torn apart! Traumatized for the rest of their lives, and all a judge is going to do is make another mark on his books to have a guy sit in prison and learn what exactly??? I know that we still need to pray for those who are lost and need God, however on the other hand SOMETHING needs to be changed!! This family is on my heart and in my prayers, the kids, the brothers, the sisters, the cousins, the extended family, the friends. There is a lot of us out here in the county who do love you guys, even though some of us don't know this family, I don't, but there are a lot of us touched and hurt by this tragedy as well. Please know we do love all of you in this family!


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