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Dawson man charged with vehicular homicide
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Vehicular homicide charges have been brought against a Dawson County man who was also seriously injured in a collision that killed an elderly woman.

In addition to two counts of first degree homicide by vehicle, 26-year-old Brian Christopher Reed is also facing four charges of serious injury by vehicle, and one count each of reckless driving, DUI-drugs and failure to maintain lane.

Vivian Humphrey, 87, of Dawsonville died from injuries sustained in the June 11 crash on Hwy. 9 North.

Her 69-year-old son, John Humphrey, of Cumming, also suffered injuries, as did Reed, who was pulled from his burning truck by a nearby resident.

"I was standing in my yard looking toward the road and I saw a truck swerving into the wrong side of the road. The truck had a head on collision with the Concord," said Joseph Fink, who helped pull Reed from the blaze. "The truck went up into flames as soon as it hit."

Reed's father, who was following behind when his son wrecked, along with Dawson County Deputies Donna Bennett and Jessica Craft, helped Fink with the rescue.

"I couldn't get to him and the flames were hitting his face. Me and his father were trying to get him out but we couldn't do it," Fink said. "I had [my family] bring over a fire extinguisher and I put out as much as I could. By the time he was out of the vehicle, maybe two feet away from the car, the whole thing went up in flames. About that time, the fire department showed up."

Reed was initially listed in critical condition with serious burns, multiple broken bones and severe lacerations.

His family says he continues to recover from the injuries.

Reed was traveling south on Hwy. 9 near Veterans Memorial Park when he reportedly crossed the double yellow line and struck the Humphrey's 1998 Chrysler Concord.

Reed turned himself in to local authorities Sunday, the same day he was released on $35,000 bond.

 

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