Alleged drunk driver causes fatal wreck

Timothy Michael Van Hoose, of Acworth, was driving a 2000 Ford Focus when he struck the back of a 1984 GMC pickup truck Tuesday afternoon in Bartow County, the Georgia State Patrol said.

The impact caused the truck, which was attempting to make a left turn, to strike a utility pole, partially ejecting a passenger who died at the scene, according to Gordy Wright, spokesman for the GSP. William David Hannah, 27, of Acworth, died at the scene of the wreck, on Kings Camp Road at Allatoona Woods Trail, Wright said.

Also injured were the truck's driver, Joseph Thomas Long, and another passenger, whose name was not released. Long, 41, of Acworth was flown to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment and the other passenger was transported by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Wright said.

Van Hoose was taken to Cartersville Medical Center for treatment, Wright said. Van Hoose has been charged with driving under the influence and first degree vehicular homicide, and other charges are pending, Wright said.

Van Hoose's criminal record includes prior arrests on drug and alcohol charges in other states.

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