Steven Kyle Timms, 18, faces vehicular homicide charges after a 15-year-old Rome High School student was killed in a Thursday evening wreck.
Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office

Teen faces DUI, speeding charges in wreck that killed 15-year-old

An 18-year-old faces vehicular homicide charges after authorities say he slammed an SUV carrying three other people into a brick mailbox, killing a teenage passenger. 

Steven Kyle Timms of Cedartown also faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana contributing to the deprivation of a minor, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, a seat belt violation and driving too fast for conditions in the Thursday evening wreck that killed 15-year-old Kemarion Washington, according to the Georgia State Patrol. 

Timms remained in the Polk County jail Friday without bond. 

Washington was a rising 10th-grader at Rome High School. His 12-year-old brother, Brent Washington, was also injured and remains at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in critical condition, according to the Rome News-Tribune. Brent Washington is a rising seventh-grader at Rome Middle School.

About 11 p.m., the boys were in a 2012 Nissan Rogue on Kimwood Drive when Timms lost control turning through a curve and hit a brick mailbox nearly head-on, according to the GSP.

“The Rogue overturned several times in the roadway before coming to a final rest, on its wheels, off the east shoulder in a ditch facing east,” the GSP said. 

Timms and a fourth passenger, 17-year-old Devin Maddox, were not injured. Authorities told the News-Tribune the two had to be extricated from the car following the wreckage. 

The GSP told the newspaper that Timms was driving 70 mph in a 35-mph zone. 

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