A grand jury in Cobb County on Thursday indicted a motorist who police say caused a deadly crash last July.
William Brandon Headen was indicted on one count of vehicular homicide in the first degree and one count of serious injury by vehicle. Both offenses are felonies.
He is accused of improperly passing slower-moving traffic while on I-75.
The charges stem from a July 31, 2019 crash that killed Ricky Bradford, 64, and injured his 60-year-old brother Larry.
Marrietta police said a Ford F-150 had stopped in the gore between the southbound Canton Road connector entrance ramp to I-75. The vehicle was experiencing mechanical problems.
A Chevrolet Silverado pulling a trailer was directly in front of the pickup.
Police said the Bradford brothers were loading the F-150 onto the trailer when Headen used the gore to overtake traffic on the entrance ramp. He hit the rear bumper of the truck with his Hyundai Sonata.
Ricky Bradford, who was navigating the truck onto the trailer, was ejected from the vehicle. Larry, who was getting ready to attach the truck to the trailer, was hit by the truck.
The brothers suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital by ambulance. Ricky’s condition worsened and he died on August 11.
Headen sustained minor injuries in the crash and he was treated at Kennestone Hospital and released.
In addition to the felony charges, Headen was accused of improper lane change, improper passing, driving through a gore, following too closely, and reckless driving.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident, reach out to a Georgia car accident lawyer. You may be able to get compensation if the accident was caused by a reckless driver. Filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit is separate from any criminal charges the driver may face.