Driver charged in death of 5-year-old killed in Decatur crash

Michelle Wierson
Michelle Wierson

The driver police say is responsible for a Decatur crash that killed a 5-year-old now faces a charge of first-degree vehicular homicide in his death.

Michelle Wierson, 52, of Avondale Estates, was arrested on a slew of charges, including DUI and reckless driving, after the three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Midway Road and South Candler Street last Thursday.

Decatur police announced the vehicular homicide charge Thursday afternoon.

Police said Wierson was driving a Volkswagen Tiguan when she hit a Toyota Corolla sitting at a red light, then continued into the intersection and hit a Dodge Caliber.

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Miles Jenness, a passenger in the Toyota, was seriously injured and found unresponsive. His father was also moderately injured in the crash. A MARTA police officer who witnessed the crash attempted CPR until an ambulance arrived, according to Decatur police.

The child died at a hospital two days later.

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Wierson also faces a charge of battery after she allegedly assaulted an off-duty DeKalb police officer who stopped to help. Police said Wierson was “behaving erratically” and running in and out of traffic after the crash.

She remains in the DeKalb County Jail, according to records.

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