Feds Issue Subpoena to Driver Involved in 2016 Crash with Atlanta Mayor
ATLANTA, GA. – October 23, 2018 (ajc.com) Federal prosecutors have issued a subpoena to the driver involved in a 2016 crash with a former Atlanta mayor’s city-issued vehicle, according to an online news report from ajc.com. The subpoena is part of an ongoing investigation into corruption at Atlanta City Hall.*
On September 9, 2016, Atlanta Police Sgt. Stephen Nichols was driving then-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s city-issued GMC Yukon. Reed was riding in the vehicle at the time, and the GMC’s blue lights and siren were activated. At approximately 10 a.m., Nichols hit the back of a 1995 Corolla at the intersection of Paces Ferry Road and Cumberland Parkway in Cobb County, Georgia. The driver of the Corolla, Michael Hogan, of Cobb County, was transported to a hospital with injuries.
When Cobb County Police arrived at the scene, Reed had already left. The Cobb County report indicates Reed had been a passenger in the vehicle, but the Atlanta Police report does not mention Reed. Nichols informed a Cobb County officer at the scene that the lights and siren of the vehicle were on because Reed was late to a meeting. Nichols was charged with driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain a lane, improper U-turn, and improper use of sirens, and he was issued a reprimand after the accident.
Following the incident, several journalists reported on Reed’s frequent use of lights and sirens during travel to routine events, a practice that Georgia State Patrol and Gov. Nathan Deal said was illegal. Reed defended his use of lights and sirens on the record, implying he was always traveling to an “emergency” when they were activated.
In late 2017, the Atlanta City Council approved a settlement of $3,600 for a property damage case filed by Sabrina Hogan, the owner of the Corolla. Michael Hogan’s personal injury case is still pending. Federal prosecutors are now seeking information about the property damage settlement, including “any settlement agreement, settlement payment, or payout records.”
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