Michael Sexton (left), William Helm (Credit: Henry County Sheriff's Office)

Toddler killed in chain-reaction crash; driver charged after fleeing

An Indiana man is facing homicide by vehicle and other charges after his pickup truck rear-ended another vehicle Tuesday, killing a 2-year-old girl from Michigan, a Henry County police spokesman said.

The four-vehicle, chain-reaction crash happened about 6:30 p.m. on the southbound I-75 South Metro Express Lanes at mile marker 219, Maj. Mike Ireland said.

Michael Sexton, 26, and a 17-year-old passenger in his Dodge Ram truck were arrested after they both ran from the scene, Ireland said.


The crash began when the truck driven by Sexton hit the rear of a Hyundai Santa Fe, according to a police statement. Those vehicles both hit a Toyota Tacoma, which was pushed forward and hit a Kia Sedona.

Sexton was eventually arrested near Ga. 81, Ireland said. His passenger, William Helm, also of Indiana, was arrested at a Sam’s Club on Mill Road.

The child, whose identity was not released, was properly restrained in a car seat, Ireland said. No other serious injuries were reported.

Sexton also was charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, affixing a plate to conceal or misrepresent identity, theft by receiving property stolen in another state, homicide by interference with official traffic control, failure to report an accident, following too close, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, and driving too fast for conditions, according to Ireland.

Helm was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.

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