Cobb dad pleads guilty in crash that killed 11-year-old son

A Cobb County man has been sentenced to serve time in jail for the January 2018 crash that killed his 11-year-old son.

Adrian Cornell Hyde, 38, of Austell, pleaded guilty June 5 to homicide by vehicle in the first degree, endangering a child by driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and open container.

Hyde was sentenced as a first offender to a total of 15 years, four of which he will have to serve in jail, according to a sentencing agreement released by the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office. Following his release, Hyde will have to serve the balance of his sentence on probation. Cobb County Jail records show Hyde was booked into its facility June 5 to begin serving his sentence.

Hyde was driving a 2009 Mazda CX-7 Jan. 13, 2018, when he ran off Brownsville Road east of McEachern Way and hit a tree in Powder Springs, according to an arrest warrant. Hyde and his older son, who was 13 at the time, were injured, but survived the collision. However, 11-year-old Simeon died from his injuries three days later, according to a GoFundMe page.

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A search of the Mazda by Cobb police revealed an open bottle of gin in the glove box. According to an arrest warrant, Hyde smelled of alcohol and a blood test later determined he under the influence at the time of the crash. The legal limit of blood alcohol content in Georgia is .08 grams.

Once released from jail, Hyde will have to undergo substance abuse treatment, according to sentencing documents. David Willingham, who represented Hyde during the case, declined to comment on his client’s plea. Cobb Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole presided over the case.

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