When the car stopped, 37-year-old Johnrico Deon Smith got out and walked into the roadway, where he was hit by a 2014 Dodge Charger, the report said. The vehicle was driven by a 30-year-old Athens woman, who told police she did not see the pedestrian. She was not charged.
Smith was killed and Carruthers’ head was injured from apparently hitting it against a windshield, police said.
Police determined that neither Carruthers nor Smith were wearing their seat belts, and a Coors beer can was found next to the driver’s door. Carruthers also was driving between 73 and 76 mph when he turned onto the bypass ramp, investigators said.
On Monday, police arrested Carruthers on a count of first-degree vehicular homicide, which is a felony. He was also cited for DUI, failure to maintain lane, speeding, not wearing a seat belt and open container, Clarke County jail records show. He’s being held without bond.
It appears he's being charged under subsection A of Georgia Code § 40-6-393, which states that someone who "causes the death of another person" while committing other offenses, including a DUI, are guilty of first-degree vehicular homicide.
In other news:
Investigators say 24-year-old Tyrese Washington was shot and killed at the Polo Club apartment complex in Stone Mountain on Aug. 31.