Woman charged in traffic fatality

COVINGTON -- A Newton County woman has been charged in connection with a fatal car crash that occurred just over a year ago.

Annie Rose Evan-Glodowski, 40, of 55 Shenandoah Court, has been charged with homicide by vehicle second degree and improper lane usage, according to charges listed by the Newton County Detention Center.

The charges against Evan-Glodowski stem from a two-car crash on Aug. 5, 2009, on Lower River Road near Mote Road that claimed the life of 67-year-old Larry Marchesseau, also of Newton County.

At the time of the accident, the Georgia State Patrol reported that a 2006 Honda Accord driven by Evan-Glodowski was headed north on Lower River Road when she went into a curve, veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and struck a 1985 Chevrolet C-20 driven by Marchesseau head-on. Marchesseau was killed instantly, according to the GSP.

Evan-Glodowski was trapped inside her vehicle, and it took rescuers about an hour to extricate her.

"Everything in that car was pinned on top of her," said Trooper S. Browder, who worked the accident scene.

GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said Thursday that the investigation into the crash was turned over to the agency's Specialized Reconstruction Collision Team, which determined that charges would be filed. When asked about the length of the investigation, Wright said the SCRT conducts follow-up interviews in fatal crashes and reconstructs the accident, which can be time consuming. "It's not unusual to take several months to complete the case," he said.

Wright added that the injuries sustained by Evan-Glodowski may have also contributed to the length of the investigation.

The 2009 fatality occurred about 20 yards north of the location of another fatal crash that the GSP had worked in 2008.

In fact, neighbors in the area said last summer they were not surprised another fatal crash had occurred on that stretch of roadway.

Area resident Kelly Canoles said last year that she feared for anyone traveling the two-lane road.

"The way the road is graded, there's a slant that puts you into the other lane," she explained. "If you have any kind of speed it throws you over the yellow line and then you go into a sharp right curve."

The result, she said, is that there is no time to get out of the way of oncoming traffic.

News editor Barbara Knowles contributed to this report.