A North Georgia man is accused of driving under the influence during a crash that left his 5-year-old son dead.
State troopers responded to the fatal wreck on Ga. 385 in Habersham County, the Georgia State Patrol said in an emailed statement.
According to investigators, a 2016 Toyota Prius driven by 34-year-old Gregory Thompson of Mount Airy crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Honda Accord that was traveling north.
The crash injured Thompson and killed his 5-year-old son, Maximus, who was riding in the back seat.
The driver of the Honda, 78-year-old Donald Preece of Clarkesville, was also injured in the wreck.
Both he and Gregory Thompson were taken to Habersham Medical Center in Demorest, authorities said.
Thompson faces eight charges in the crash: homicide by vehicle, DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, failure to exercise due care, endangering a child under 14 while driving under the influence, and a safety restraint violation for a child younger than 8.
Or worse…DUI driving can lead to harming others like what happened in this tragic accident…
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Maximus and Donald Preece.
Georgia State law also requires a clinical evaluation and the attendance of a DUI / Risk Reduction Program that’s certified/licensed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services before your driver’s license can be reinstated if you have been charged with any of the following:
Other drug offenses
Under-age possession of drugs or alcohol
Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.