Man, 72, charged in Cobb County crash that killed his wife

A 72-year-old man was arrested this week and charged in the April crash that killed his wife on Windy Hill Road, Cobb County jail records showed.

Louis Edward Hayles, now a Decatur resident, was driving a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass on April 6 when he attempted to make a left turn into a Food Depot parking lot, but pulled in front of a Dodge Ram truck, according to police. The Dodge struck the right side of the Oldsmobile, where Deborah Hayles, 60, was seated, police said.

The husband and wife were both taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where Deborah Hayles died. The driver of the Dodge was not injured.

On Sept. 17, an arrest warrant was signed, charging Louis Hayles with second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield while turning left. Wednesday morning, he was arrested at his home and booked into the Cobb County jail, where he was being held Thursday morning on $10,000 bond.

At the time of the fatal wreck, the Hayleses lived in Cobb County. Deborah Hayles, a great-grandmother, was a native of Cobb and previously employed with Healthdyne Technologies, according to her online obituary.