Mark Steven Ridling is accused of driving under the influence in a fatal crash July 7 on Interstate 20 in Cobb County.

Accused drunk driver indicted in fatal Cobb County crash

A Cobb County grand jury has indicted a Marietta man on charges in connection with a fatal crash on Interstate 20.

Mark Steven Ridling was indicted Thursday on three counts of vehicular homicide in the first degree, Cobb County Superior Court records show.

Ridling, 29, was driving a gray 2013 Hyundai Azera around 2:12 a.m. July 7 on I-20 eastbound near Factory Shoals Road when his vehicle struck a red 1994 Toyota Corrolla driven by Brian Garieth Betts, Cobb County police previously said.

The collision forced Corolla off to the right side of the road where it overturned, police said. The Hyundai hit a barrier between the east and westbound travel lanes. Betts, 47, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. 

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According to the indictment, Ridling was under the influence of alcohol and was driving in a “reckless manner” at the time of the crash. An arrest warrant obtained by Cobb police note Ridling allegedly admitted to drinking two 12-ounce beers at a bar about four and half hours before the collision, according to the officer’s narrative in the warrant. The warrant also said Ridling was traveling about 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash. 

Ridling was booked into the Cobb County Jail July 7 where he remains held without bond. 


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