Friday, December 18, 2009
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COVINGTON -- Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson has found 29-year-old Christina Renee Crowe guilty of driving drunk and causing the death of a 7-year-old Newton County boy on Nov. 7, 2008. Johnson sentenced Crowe on Thursday afternoon to 25 years, with the first 10 to be served in prison and the balance on probation.
According to information from the Georgia State Patrol at the time of the crash, Crowe was traveling south on Ga. Highway 162 between Parkwood Drive and Avery Drive about 12:40 p.m. that Friday when she lost control of her vehicle. Accompanying her were her own 7-week-old infant, a 4-year-old boy and his brother, Bobby Couch, 7, who were relatives of her husband. Bobby Couch was killed, the woman's infant suffered serious head injuries and both the 4-year-old and the driver herself required hospitalization at Atlanta trauma centers.
"She traveled off the west shoulder on her right, across both lanes of Highway 162 and onto the east shoulder where she struck a tree on the left rear door behind the driver's seat. That's where the 7-year-old was seated," said GSP Trooper Jeremiah Slayton.
The investigation into the crash was turned over to the GSP's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Toxicology reports showed that Crowe's blood alcohol level was .207 at the time of the crash. Under Georgia law a person is considered to be impaired if blood alcohol levels reach .08 or above.
Crowe initially faced a litany of traffic charges in connection with the crash, including homicide by vehicle in the first degree, serious injury by vehicle, open container, DUI/endangering a child under 14, improper lane usage, DUI/alcohol and vehicles to drive on right side of roadway.