Cops: man was driving nearly 100 mph before fatal Cobb crash

Charges have been upgraded against a McDonough man accused of driving more than 30 miles over the speed limit and causing a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Marietta.

Dillon Monroe Currie is charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, speeding, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and window tint violation.

According to Marietta police accident report, Currie was traveling southbound on I-75 at South Marietta Parkway around 1:42 a.m. Dec. 12, 2018, when his 2008 Infinit G37 “failed to maintain lane and crossed over the solid yellow line” on to the left shoulder. The Infiniti continued on its path, crossing over the left shoulder and striking the center median wall.

The car then veered back into a travel lane and struck a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado. That pickup truck spun out of control, crashed into a guard rail and came to a rest facing northbound in the southbound lane. A white 2019 Freightliner then collided with the Silverado, which caused the death of Miguel Martinez-Almendariz, a passenger inside the pickup truck, according to an arrest warrant issued last week for Currie.

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Currie was originally arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree, failure to maintain lane and violating the window tinting law and booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. He was released on a $10,000 bond.

However, the arrest warrant secured Feb. 22 outlined the additional charges, and alleged Currie was driving 98 miles per hour in a 65 mile-per-hour zone at the time of the collision. He also drove “in a reckless regard” for the safety of other motorists, the warrant charges.

Marietta police spokesperson Chuck McPhilamy said Currie’s attorney was aware of the charges and outstanding warrant, but the accused has not turned himself in yet.

McPhilamy said the investigation remains active, and anyone with information is asked to contact traffic investigator Nick St. Onge at (770) 794-5300.

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