A Cobb County grand jury indicted a man accusing of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his 11-year-old son, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Adrian Cornell Hyde, of Austell, was driving a 2009 Mazda CX-7 on Jan. 13 when he ran off Brownsville Road and struck a tree near Powder Springs, his arrest warrant states.
Hyde and his 13-year-old son, in the front passenger seat, both were seriously injured but survived the crash. But his younger son, Simeon, died from his injuries three days later, according to an online fundraising page.
Hyde was indicted last week on four counts related to the crash, including vehicular homicide, child endangerment, driving on a suspended license and an open container violation.
On a Go Fund Me page for Simeon, the organizer wrote, “He was a really good kid that had his whole life ahead of him.”
“He was headed towards greatness and he showed that greatness on the football field as well as in the classroom. He will be truly missed by his family, friends and McEachern football family.”
Cobb police found an open bottle of gin in Hyde’s glove box and he smelled of alcohol. A blood test later determined he was driving under the influence, his warrant states. Hyde’s license was suspended at the time of the crash but no further information was available on why.
After an extensive investigation, police charged Hyde in July and he was booked into the Cobb jail. He was released in late August after posting $55,000 bond, court records show.
A trial date has not yet been set.
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