Man faces vehicular homicide charges in I-20 crash

COVINGTON — The Conyers man charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in connection with a fatal car crash in November on Interstate 20 has been charged with vehicular homicide.

The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team had been investigating the Nov. 10 crash that killed two people and injured four. Kevin Jeffrey Poynter, 30, of 2336 East Lake Drive, was arrested Friday and charged with first degree homicide by vehicle, second degree homicide by vehicle, DUI (drugs) and improper lane usage. He remains in the Newton County Detention Center without bond on the two homicide charges.

Poynter was arrested immediately following the crash, but was released on bond a few days later.

The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. when the 2014 Jeep Liberty he was driving crashed into the back of a Toyota Camry on the interstate and sideswiped a Chevrolet Sonic that had run out of gas on the shoulder of the interstate near Salem Road.

“At the time of the crash, the Toyota was leaving to get gas and was stopped in the right travel lane to obtain money for the fuel,” according to a press release from the GSP.

The collision killed Bruce Reeves, 19, of Covington, who had been traveling in the Chevrolet Sonic and was standing between the Toyota and the Sonic when Poynter’s vehicle collided with the Camry.

Tonya Curtis, 35, of Alpharetta, who was the front-seat passenger in the Toyota Camry, was also killed in the crash. Four other individuals were injured in the wreck, as well. They were taken to Newton Medical Center, where they were treated and released, the GSP stated.

Poynter has been arrested several times in the past 10 years on various charges in both Rockdale and Newton counties. Just three days prior to the crash, he was arrested on Nov. 7 in Covington on charges of possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication and drugs not in original container in connection with an incident at Walmart where he was accused of using the ladies’ restroom while being under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

After the Nov. 7 arrest, Poynter gave police two addresses — 1065 Milstead Ave., Conyers, and 28-B Goode Road, also in Conyers.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Poynter had been arrested in Rockdale County in July on charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Poynter gave deputies at that time the address of 80 Church St., Apt. B, in Covington.

Poynter had also been arrested in October 2005 by the Georgia State Patrol and charged with DUI and was arrested in November 2006 on charges that he violated his probation.

In addition to these charges, Poynter had been arrested in 2003 in Rockdale County and charged with disorderly conduct. He was also charged with disorderly conduct and cruelty to children in the second degree in 2009 in Newton County. In December 2012, Poynter was arrested by RCSO and charged with criminal trespass.