The circumstances surrounding an accident can dictate whether or not a driver is simply found at fault or may face criminal charges. Sometimes, new information can be brought to light that changes the charges a person is facing years after an accident. WSB Radio reports on a woman convicted in a crash that claimed two lives.
Initially, Sarah Elizabeth Dowdy was cleared of any other wrongdoing in a fatal crash that occurred on June 17, 2015.
On that day, the initial investigation showed that 18-year-old Janeal Priester was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero and failed to yield to Dowdy, who was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry. Inside the Oldsmobile were Janeal Priester, her boyfriend 17-year-old Nicholas Wright, and 16-year-old Joshua Priester, Janeal’s younger brother. Janeal and Nicholas died at the scene of the accident. The younger brother suffered major injuries.
Later, an eyewitness came forward to report that Dowdy and another vehicle had been driving erratically, speeding up and slowing down, just before the fatal accident. It was later revealed that Dowdy was driving 75 m.p.h. in a 55-m.p.h. lane.
Before the new information came to light, Dowdy was facing a charge of misdemeanor vehicular homicide in the incident.
Last week, Dowdy was convicted of upgraded charges of two counts of felony vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, and speeding charges. Dowdy was sentenced to 20 years, with 10 of those to be served in prison according to the Paulding County District Attorney’s office.
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