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Driver charged in deadly crash that killed motorcyclist

CONYERS -- The woman driver involved in last week's traffic crash that killed a Covington motorcyclist has been charged with homicide by vehicle by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

Judith C. Lorier, 66, of 2154 Rolling Acres Drive was also charged with failure to yield right of way in making a left turn. She was booked into the Rockdale County Jail on Oct. 28 and released on $1,100 bond, according to RCSO spokeswoman Jodi Shupe.

Lorier's charges were in connection with the Oct. 27 accident that occurred in the early morning hours on Sigman Road and Interstate 20.

Stephen Andrew Wust, 26, of 340 Berkshire Drive, Covington, was riding his motorcycle at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the incident report, Lorier was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry north when she attempted to make a left turn off Sigman Road and onto Interstate 20 west of Conyers. Wust was riding a 2003 Honda Shadow motorcycle and traveling south.

As the car turned left, Wust laid the motorcycle down on one side in an attempt to avoid the car. Wust slid toward the Camry. The Camry slid toward the entrance to the west bound lanes of I-20. Wust then slid under the Camry and was run over, according to the RCSO report.

Man accused of threatening homeowners

In other crime news, a Covington man was arrested in the early morning hours Saturday after he allegedly threatened Spring Road homeowners at knife point, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said 911 received a call around 4:45 a.m. from a residence on Spring Road and the complainant said an intoxicated man was at the home and had brandished a knife and refused to leave when asked.

Mitchell said when deputies arrived at the residence they were told the man had fled in a black Nissan Maxima. As they were questioning the homeowners about the altercation, the suspect returned to the scene.

"Deputies confronted the male, who refused to obey their lawful commands," Mitchell said. "He fled the residence in his vehicle, going up Spring Road a short distance from the residence and crashed."

Mitchell said the driver went into a ditch and struck a culvert. He was able to get out of the vehicle and call 911.

"He stated to them that his vehicle had been stolen," Mitchell said. "Deputies were able to make contact and identify him as the individual from the original call at the location and put him as driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash."

Trent Cory Smith, 34, of 25 Salem Meadows Drive, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, criminal trespass, fleeing or attempting to elude, failure to maintain lane, stop sign violation, striking a fixed object, obstruction of law enforcement officers and leaving the scene of an accident.

News Editor Barbara Knowles contributed to this story.