Grayson Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide

James Earl White, 73, was charged with vehicular homicide following a fatal car accident in Lilburn on Sunday.

James Earl White, 73, of 1794 Harrogate Court, Grayson, was charged Monday with vehicular homicide and failure to obey stop sign following a traffic fatality in Lilburn on Sunday. Shirley Jones, 86, of Norcross died in the accident.

According to the report from Gwinnett County Police Department, White, driving a 2005 Lincoln Navigator, was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Louis and Killian Hill roads in Lilburn at about 1:46 Sunday. Jones, driving a 1992 Geo Prizm, was traveling north on Killian Hill Road when White pulled out in front of her, causing a collision. White and his passenger were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with minor injuries. Jones was transported to Emory Eastside Medical Center where she died as a result of her injuries.

It is reported that neither alcohol nor speed were considered a factor in this accident. White turned himself into the Gwinnett County Detention Center at 10:49 a.m. on Monday morning and was release immediately on $5,900 bond.

Sharon Swanepoel December 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Yes, a DUI vehicular homicide is a felony, not this. It is a very sad situation. I actually did almost the exact same thing a couple of months ago in my husband's truck. I stopped, looked, didn't see any cars, went to go and then hesitated because I realized I needed to go one street up to turn. I then pulled off without a second look and a truck came and I hit into him. It was in Madison and I did not get a ticket because the truck driver verified that I had stopped. He had slowed down in case I went so it was a slow speed collision and nobody was hurt. I was named the at fault driver for insurance purposes, but was not given a ticket. Yay Madison police - they were, BTW, very nice and very helpful, as was the firefighter whose brand new truck I hit. However, had anyone been killed it would have been an almost identical case. Frightening.
A Epps December 05, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I have to say that while I agree with the misdemeanor VH homicide as this man probably did not leave his home with any intent to injure or kill, I certainly think the loss of life even unintentional, requires that charges be filed. Perhaps this driver should not have been driving due to some impairment, perhaps he is a generally good driver. Either way, a family is without a mother, sister, grandmother through no fault of hers. Should he be allowed to walk away?
Michelle Couch December 05, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I agree that there are other impairments that can play a role into accidents. While they may walk away physically, I don't see any person of maturity, decency and faith/spiritual, walking away in an emotional sense. I have a close friend who walked away physically, but is forever changed by the experience. Two+ humans harmed - don't make a right.
Karsten Torch December 05, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Absolutely. Unless you can prove malice or impairment, then why should he be charged?
Karsten Torch December 05, 2012 at 07:23 PM
And again, I know I'm repetitive here, but if we charge people with VH or anything at all if the other person dies, then it should be attempted VH if there's an accident. This is kind of of silly, in my opinion. Without intent or negligence, how do you charge anybody with anything?


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