A Canton woman was sentenced to four years in prison for causing a four-car collision that left a 21-year-old Kennesaw State University student dead.
Wendy Millican, 46, pleaded guilty to first-degree homicide by vehicle and reckless driving for her role in the March 2017 crash along Hickory Flat Highway that killed Corey Forman.
Cherokee County deputies said Millican was driving home from work under the influence of several prescription drugs when her vehicle crossed the center line, striking Forman’s Chevrolet Cobalt head-on.
The impact of the collision caused a Jeep Wrangler to also crash into Forman’s car, and Millican hit another SUV, sending it off the road and down an embankment, authorities said.
An investigation revealed that Millican never applied her brakes while on a cocktail of prescription painkillers that included diazepam, nordiazepam, oxycodone and buproprion, prosecutors said.
She told investigators she had taken pain medication throughout the day before getting behind the wheel.
“When Wendy chose to drive her car the evening of March 10, 2017, she failed to exercise due care,” Cherokee County Assistant District Attorney Kelly Chavis said in a statement. “Prescription medications and fatigue impair your ability to drive, just as alcohol does. Wendy chose to drive in an impaired state, and her actions caused the death of a promising young man.”
Forman was a Creekview High School graduate who was studying information systems at KSU.
During Millican’s guilty plea, several of Forman’s family members provided victim impact statements about the young man’s kindness, passion for playing the drums and the tragedy of his life being cut short.
“This case is a prime example of the dangers associated with driving while under the influence of certain prescription medications,” Cherokee DA Shannon Wallace said. “It is our hope that Ms. Millican’s guilty plea and sentencing bring the Forman family some peace and closure.”
Millican was given a 15-year sentence with the first four years to be served in custody.
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