Driver Responsible for Cobb County Double Fatality Crash Arrested, Admits to Drug Use
ACWORTH, GA. – August 9, 2018 (ajc.com) The driver who caused a crash that killed a Cobb County teacher and a 17-year-old girl has been arrested, according to an online report on ajc.com. Following his arrest, the driver admitted to smoking marijuana before the crash.*
At approximately 7:42 p.m. on July 22, 24-year-old Allison Anne Carroll, of Powder Springs, Georgia, was driving a 2014 Ford Escape northbound on Mars Hill Road in Acworth, Georgia. Near Newpark Drive, a southbound 2010 Toyota Corolla crossed the centerline of the roadway and crashed into Carroll’s Escape head-on. The road conditions were wet that day, and the driver of the Toyota, 20-year-old Braden Palladin Price, of Hiram, Georgia, reportedly lost control of the vehicle prior to the collision.
Carroll was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. A 17-year-old girl who was riding in the Toyota, Ashley Bratton, of Acworth, also died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.
Carroll was a third-grade teacher at Dowell Elementary School in Cobb County, Georgia, and was supposed to be married in just two months. Bratton was set to start her senior year of high school at North Cobb High School.
Preliminary investigation shows Price was driving at least 78 mph in a 45-mph zone prior to the crash. The airbag control module removed from his vehicle does not record speeds above 78 mph. Data collected from the module showed a speed of 78 mph with the accelerator still being pressed.
On August 8, Price was arrested at his home in Acworth and booked into the Cobb County Jail, where he is being held without bond. According to police, Price admitted to smoking “just a few joints” before driving his vehicle the day of the crash. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain a lane, and driving under the influence of drugs.
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