11 Alive reports on the bond hearing of a suspected DUI driver who killed a recent Decatur High School graduate.
52-year-old Reginald Stubbs has a previous DUI charge from an accident in 2013. Stubbs is currently accused of driving while intoxicated and rear-ending the vehicle of 18-year-old Kennedy Segars. Segars was home from her freshman year at Alabama State University at the time of the accident. She had been celebrating her mother’s birthday.
Segars had stopped at a red light at Klondike Road and Mall Parkway when Stubbs, who was allegedly going 40 mph at the time of the accident, rear-ended her vehicle. The impact caused her to hit the vehicle in front of her.
Segars died from traumatic head injuries.
Stubbs is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter, serious injury by vehicle, and following too closely. He refused an alcohol test, but officers said that he smelled of alcohol and that he had been slurring his words. He also admitted to having consumed alcohol at TGI Fridays before driving.
Family and friends packed the courtroom at Stubbs’ bond hearing on Friday, protesting his bond arrangements. The family stated that they lived only a few miles from Stubbs and did not feel safe with him being released on bond.
Due to the high emotions in the courtroom, the judge agreed to postpone the bond hearing until a later date.
Second and subsequent DUI charges in Georgia come with harsher penalties, like in many other states. However, Georgia has one law where a second DUI conviction penalty states that the convicted must place their photo, along with the details of their conviction in a paper in the county of their residence or the county where the conviction was obtained. Other penalties include suspension of driver’s licenses and seizure of vehicle license tags. The convicted person must also undergo clinical evaluation for substance abuse as well as mandatory drug or alcohol treatment.
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