Edward Lee Stowers
Photo: Athens Banner-Herald
Photo: Athens Banner-Herald

UGA student killed in 2-car wreck; driver charged with vehicular homicide, leaving scene

A Hartwell man faces vehicular homicide charges after slamming head-on into a car driven by a University of Georgia student and then leaving the scene, Athens police said.

The student, identified as 20-year-old junior Drury Anderson Shierling, was killed about 6 a.m. Wednesday on Timothy Road when the other driver took a curve too fast and crossed into his lane, according to a crash report.

The driver who caused the wreck, identified by police as 51-year-old Edward Lee Stowers, was traveling north from the Inner Loop to Timothy Road when his rented 2018 Ford Fusion crossed the raised median and entered the southbound lanes, authorities said.

After striking the UGA student, Stowers allegedly got out of his vehicle, flagged down another driver and asked for a ride to a nearby gas station, according to the report.

He was arrested after the witness called 911 and told police where he was.

Shierling, who was from Leesburg, studied business and real estate, a university spokeswoman said. 

Another passenger in the students car was injured in the wreck and taken to a hospital, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. 

Stowers is charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run resulting in death, traveling too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and driving with a suspended license. He remains held without bond at the Athens-Clarke County jail, records show. 

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