Students, Family and Friends Remember Kendrick Hines; Warrants Filed in Connection with Fatal Accident

Warrants have been filed against a Summerville mother whose actions allegedly caused the death of her son and injured others during a two-vehicle crash on Taylor’s Ridge.  Kourtney Renay Hines, age 33, is currently facing at least one felony charge in addition to a number of misdemeanor charges, according to warrants filed Wednesday afternoon

According to a report by the Summerville News, Hines’ charges include:

* First-degree vehicular homicide

* Serious injury by a motor vehicle


* Driving with a revoked license

* No proof of insurance

* Driving with an expired tag

* Failure to maintain a single lane

* Reckless Driving

* Driving on the wrong side of the road

* Two seatbelt violations

* Two counts of endangering a child while DUI

Investigators with the Georgia State Patrol are reconstructing those events that resulted in eleven year old Kendrick Hines being ejected from Kourtney Hines 2006 model Kia Spectra around 8:30 Tuesday evening; the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team said she was heading toward Summerville when she lost control in a curve atop the ridge. Troopers are investigating why at least two of her tires went off the right side of the road and she then veered into oncoming southbound traffic.  Her car spun counterclockwise as it traveled across both of the southbound lanes; she then collided with a 1999 Nissan Quest van which was coming up the ridge in the outside lane. The van rotated and stopped, however the Kia flipped and traveled several yards down the road.  Kendrick Hines and his seven year old brother, Keenan, both allegedly unrestrained, were ejected. Kendrick was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Earle Rainwater and Keenan was air-lifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga by LifeForce helicopter.

The driver and passengers in the Quest van were all taken by ambulance to a Rome-area hospital for treatment. They included Elder Morales-Aguirre, 16, Marley Deleon Medida, 45 and John Carlos Deleon, age eight.  All were treated and released except the eight year old, a Trion Elementary School second grader – who was air-lifted to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, suffering a skull fracture.

This crash will reportedly take several weeks to fully investigate by the State Patrol.

(Summerville News/

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