A driver accused of hitting two children in a garage — killing one and seriously injuring the other — has been arrested on six charges, including DUI and homicide by vehicle, authorities confirmed.
Karlrio Kelsey, 34, of Covington, was arrested Jan. 2, more than a month after he was accused of hitting and killing 12-year-old Braden Stevenson and seriously injuring his best friend, 12-year-old Luke McWilliams, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office told AJC.com.
Kelsey faces charges of DUI, homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain a lane, reckless driving and endangering a child under 14 by DUI, jail records show. He remains in jail on a $41,000 bond.
While Stevenson and McWilliams were looking for a pet hamster in Stevenson’s grandmother’s garage, Kelsey lost control of his 1997 Dodge Ram on Kirkland Road, overcorrecting and hitting the garage, the sheriff’s office said. The garage was 82 feet away from the roadway.
The truck ran over McWilliams and pinned Stevenson against a wall, AJC.com previously reported. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, Kelsey was not arrested at the scene.
Stevenson was taken to Piedmont Newton Hospital, where he later died. McWilliams was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, underwent seven hours of initial surgeries and has been in critical condition since.
A GoFundMe page for McWilliams previously said both of his legs were crushed and he suffered severe vascular damage to his femoral artery. During the initial surgeries, he had “a plate (inserted) from his hip to his knee, pins in both knees, a halo to hold his tibia and femur together and 41 units worth of blood transfusions.”
The last update on his GoFundMe page was a positive one, saying he “is finally working towards his road to recovery.” The post, made a month ago, said he is able to move his upper extremities on his own, and he no longer requires tubes in his throat or nasal passages.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.