Woman who drove on sidewalk charged in maintenance worker's death

Woman who drove on sidewalk charged in maintenance worker's death

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Cobb County Sheriff’s Office
Toni Hale

A Jonesboro woman faces a homicide charge weeks after Cobb County police say she ran over a maintenance worker, killing him while he was doing work on the side of the road. 

Toni Hale, 30, who remained in the Cobb County jail Monday night, also faces reckless driving and failure to maintain lane charges, according to a release from Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce. 

Hale was traveling westbound on Akers Mill Road near Galleria Drive on Nov. 22 when her 2014 Nissan Versa left the roadway and went onto a sidewalk, Pierce said. Hale’s car struck Joseph Poncer, 50, of Marietta, who was later identified as a maintenance worker. 

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Police say Hale’s car continued westbound, collided with two light poles, re-entered the roadway and eventually came to a stop. 

Hale is believed to have been distracted, causing the crash, police said. 

No other details were released. 

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