Kennesaw State student charged in crash that killed friend

Kennesaw State student charged in crash that killed friend

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Ethan Dowell was arrested Friday on vehicular homicide charges. (Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)
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  • The crash happened March 3. 
  • The student was charged with vehicular homicide. 

Two weeks after a Kennesaw State University student was ejected from a car and killed, the victim’s friend was charged with vehicular homicide. 

Ethan Phillip Dowell, who also attended KSU, was arrested Friday on multiple charges in connection with the death of Colin Ruland, according to jail records. In addition to vehicular homicide, he was booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on charges of driving with a learner’s permit and failure to maintain lane.

Colin Ruland (Credit: Ruland family)

Ruland, 19, of Sugar Hill, died March 3 after Dowell lost control of a 2003 Acura on I-75 north at the Chastain Road exit ramp, Cobb police said. 

Police spokeswoman Officer Alicia Chilton said the car rotated clockwise, rolled on its roof and crashed into a tree. 

Two other friends — Cole Kovarchick, 20, of Demorest, and Jordan Wormsby, 20, of Suwanee — sustained minor injuries in the crash. 


Dowell, 20, of Suwanee, was released from county jail on $5,720 bond, jail records show. 

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