North Georgia Man Charged with 1st Degree Vehicular Homicide

A 43-year-old Coosa man faces a felony charge – of 1st-Degree Vehicular Homicide – after a pedestrian was struck and killed, inside the 300 block of Woods Road recently.

According to Floyd County Jail records – Christopher Lee Gunnells – was in the process of driving south when he traveled into a northbound lane, and onto the shoulder of the road – where his vehicle struck 41-year-old Amanda Diane Harris.  At 6:15pm, Harris was pronounced dead, at the Atrium Floyd Emergency, by Deputy Floyd County Coroner John Hamilton.  Her body has been sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Gunnells admitted to reaching for an item in his vehicle – causing him to leave his lane of travel.  He also left a clear baggie of what was suspected methamphetamine in the back of a police patrol vehicle.  In addition to Vehicular Homicide Gunnells is charged with possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane – and also distracted driving.

He is also being held for a Probation Violation.

(WRGA Radio in Rome, Georgia)

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