A Florida man was charged with vehicular homicide and DUI after police said he hit another car near Kennesaw late Wednesday night, sending the second car careening off the road and fatally injuring its driver.
Cobb County police Thursday night were seeking to determine if a drinking establishment had overserved the driver before the accident, Channel 2 Action News reported.
The crash happened about 11 p.m. Wednesday on Kennesaw Due West Road, a short distance from Kennesaw Mountain High School, where the dead man worked as a custodian.
Cobb police spokesman Michael Bowman said investigators believe the driver of a 2008 Suzuki Forenza rear-ended a 2000 Saturn SW2 at a high rate of speed. After the collision, the Saturn ran off the right side of the road, through a fence and down an embankment. The Suzuki came to a stop off the left side of the road.
The Saturn’s driver, John “Steve” Bryan, 51, of Powder Springs, was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Bryan had just gotten off work and was going home.
Two Wellington, Fla., men in the Suzuki were injured.
A passenger, Kelven Inman, 28, was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in serious condition, Bowman said.
Bowman said the driver, Keven T. Inman, 29, was also taken to WellStar Kennestone for treatment, then was transported to the Cobb County jail. He was being held without bond Thursday evening, charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, following too closely, reckless driving and serious injury by vehicle.
The two men are brothers, Channel 2 reported.
News of the wreck stunned the Kennesaw Mountain High community
“We lost a member of our Mustang family last night,” Kennesaw Mountain Principal Kevin Daniel said over the school’s public address system Thursday morning. “We are all saddened by the news and the loss of such a great worker for us.”
Later, Daniel told Channel 2 that Bryan “was just a great guy, a hard worker, always positive [and] upbeat, just a great, great gentleman who worked hard to make sure our facility was first class and ready for our students the next day.”
Pat Bryan, the victim’s sister-in-law, told Channel 2, “He loved doing his job, he was a wonderful daddy and a wonderful husband, and he just had a new grandbaby.”
The woman and her husband, who placed balloons at the crash scene Thursday, said they hope police track down the place where the Inman brothers allegedly were drinking and hold it responsible.
Pat Bryan said she also hoped the next potential drunk driver remembers the accident.
“Just always remember, when you’re out on the roads, there’s a lot of people,” she said. “Even if it’s 12 or 1 o’clock at night, people are coming home, people with families, and he was going home to his family, and now he can’t.”