A teenage driver has been charged with first-degree homicide after her passenger was thrown from the roof of the car, according to officials with the Georgia State Patrol.
Anna Gabrielle Hawkins, 16, was killed June 10 while car surfing, the patrol said.
Robin Stone, a spokesperson with Georgia State Patrol, said charges were filed Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Dawson County Juvenile Court.
Dawson County Assistant District Attorney Conley Greer said a complaint against the 16-year-old driver was filed Monday, Nov. 18, in Dawson County Juvenile Court.
We have evidence that places her (Anna Hawkins) on the roof, said Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Mark Cox. Whether she was sitting or standing, were not sure, but, according to the driver, she was holding onto the luggage rack and had her feet forward across the windshield.
No drugs or alcohol were involved, he said.
The 16-year-old Cumming girl, whose name is not being released because she is a juvenile, is also charged with driving too fast for conditions, reckless driving, and driving in violation of license restrictions, Stone said.
In Georgia, once a Class-D drivers license has been issued to a 16-year-old, only immediate family members may ride in that teens vehicle for the first six months.
She hadnt had her license long, Cox said. But the law states you have to have six months experience before you can transport anyone besides family.
The accident occurred June 10 at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Couch Road in Dawson County.
The vehicle entered a right-hand curve too fast traveled across the northbound lane along the shoulder, hit an embankment, then came back into the roadway, throwing Miss Hawkins off the roof. She hit the pavement and sustained substantial head injuries, Cox said.
Nancy Hawkins, Annas mother, commented after charges were filed.
I think the charges are appropriate for what happened, she said. The driver is ultimately responsible for all the passengers. I realize shes young, but she was just handed the keys. There needs to be some parental responsibility, as well.
Following the accident, Hawkins family disputed the car-surfing reports.
I dont know if my questions will ever be answered, said Hawkins.
There isnt a day that goes by that I dont think about Anna, she said, sobbing. Its very tragic and should never have happened.
Hawkins received Dawson County High Schools soccer MVP Golden Boot award, according to Head Coach Jed Lacey.
Shes the greatest kid Ive ever coached, Lacey said. She was the heart and soul of our soccer team. She always had a smile on her face. Youd be proud to have her as your daughter.
Lacey named Hawkins team captain last season.
She was the best of the best, he said.