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Woman gets charged in child's death

COVINGTON - The 28-year-old woman who was the driver during a one-vehicle crash in November in which a 7-year-old Ficquett Elementary School student died has been arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.

Christina Renee Crowe, 28, of 355 White Birch Drive was arrested after warrants were taken out by the Georgia State Patrol, charging her with a litany of traffic charges in connection with the crash including serious injury by vehicle, open container violation, homicide by vehicle in the first degree, DUI/endangering a child under 14, improper lane usage, DUI/alcohol and vehicles to drive on right side of roadway.

Bobby Couch died when Crowe's 2003 Nissan Sentra left the roadway of Ga. Highway 162 on Nov. 8 about 12:40 p.m.

GSP Trooper Jeremiah Slayton said at the time of crash, "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."

Crowe and her infant daughter, then 7 weeks old, as well as Couch's 4-year-old brother were also injured in the crash.

Investigation into the collision was turned over to the GSP's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT). Toxicology reports show 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.

According to GSP Trooper John Taylor, troopers from Post 46 in Conyers worked 15 fatality wrecks in Newton County during 2008. The last two of the year occurred one day before and one day after Christmas.

Taylor said on Dec. 24, a 2001 Ford Focus driven by Doris Simmons Clark, 67, of Rutledge pulled into the path of travel of a 1987 Dodge DaKota pickup at intersection of Alcovy Crossing Road and U.S. 278.

Taylor said Clark was charged with failure to yield right of way in the crash but died sometime later.

On Dec. 26, a single-vehicle accident occurred on Interstate 20 near the Ga. Highway 11 overpass, killing George Worker, 77, of Newport Richey, Fla.

Taylor said Worker's 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was traveling east on I-20 when he apparently lost control and traveled across the grass median and both lanes of the westbound portion of the interstate, struck an embankment and came to rest on the north shoulder of I-20 westbound.

Worker was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he died Christmas Day.

So far in 2009, there has been one fatality crash in Newton County. A young teen was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Spring Road on Feb. 21.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com