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Chase suspect now charged with vehicular homicide


  • By Clay Neely
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  • Sep. 22, 2020 - 10:08 AM

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Chase suspect now charged with vehicular homicide

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Leon Jamison-Alexander Whitby, 20, is charged with vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, speeding, reckless driving, fleeing from police, failure to maintain lane and driving without headlights, according to police reports.

A 20-year-old Locust Grove man is facing homicide charges after a deadly car crash.

Leon Jamison-Alexander Whitby, 20, is charged with vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, speeding, reckless driving, fleeing from police, failure to maintain lane and driving without headlights, according to police reports.

Whitby was spotted traveling 115 mph in a Dodge Challenger while traveling southbound on Interstate 85 on Thursday, according to Cpl. Scott Tarpley with the Georgia State Patrol. After initially pulling over for a traffic stop, Whitby fled from police again, and drove in the emergency lane without headlights at high speeds, Tarpley said.

Whitby took the Poplar Road exit and attempted to turn right on Poplar Road, but crossed the median and struck an oncoming car head-on, Tarpley said.

The driver of the car, identified as a 75-year-old woman from Newnan, was taken to an Atlanta area hospital where she later died from her injuries. Her passenger, a 16-year-old male, remains hospitalized in serious condition, authorities said.

Whitby was arrested and transported to the Coweta County Jail where he remains after being denied bond by Judge Robert Stokely following a first appearance hearing Friday.