Woman pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

by Wes Mayer

The woman who caused an accident in 2013 that fatally injured a motorcyclist on U.S. Highway 29 north in Coweta County pleaded guilty to the charge of misdemeanor vehicular homicide Wednesday.

In early July 2013, Wanda Henry Woods, 78, was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 29 when she reportedly missed her left turn onto Tommy Lee Cook Road. According to Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, Woods then attempted to turn around in the next parking lot, but she turned directly into the path of James Scott Freeman, who was traveling southbound on his motorcycle.

The two vehicles collided head-on, and Freeman was critically injured – Woods did not suffer any injuries. Emergency units responded to find Freeman unconscious, and he was transported by ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital, but he later died from his injuries. Freeman was born in 1967.

On Wednesday, Woods pleaded guilty in a plea deal to the charge of misdemeanor vehicular homicide.

According to Coweta County Solicitor Sandy Wisenbaker, Woods was sentenced to pay a fine and serve 12 months of probation with conditions – Woods must attend and complete a driving course during her probation, and afterwards, her driver’s license will be re-evaluated by the Department of Driver Services under Georgia code 40-5-59.

If the Department of Driver Services finds Woods is still able to drive, she will have certain restrictions during her probation and will only be allowed to drive to specific locations such as the grocery store, the gas station and the doctor’s office, Wisenbaker said.

However, if DDS finds Woods is unable to drive, she will have her license taken away. This would extend beyond Woods’ probationary period.

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