Georgia Teen Indicted for Death of Friend During Drunk Driving Incident
MARIETTA, GA. – November 8, 2018 - According to a news report online at ajc.com, a teenage girl from Marietta, Georgia, has been indicted on charges stemming from the death of her friend during a drunk driving incident that occurred in July.*
Officers with the Cobb County Police Department say 18-year-old Alyssa Prindle, of Marietta, was riding in a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe that was traveling northbound on Johnson Ferry Road July 5 in Marietta. The driver of the vehicle was 17-year-old Abigail Cook, of Marietta. Prindle was in the back seat and rolled down the back left window then hung out the window “yelling and screaming,” according to police. She ended up falling out of the window while the vehicle was still moving and hit the pavement.
Prindle was severely injured in the incident, suffering a fractured skull and fractured spine. She was reportedly unconscious at the time emergency responders arrived. Prindle was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, admitted to the intensive care unit, and placed in a medically induced coma. On July 26, officials announced that Prindle had died of her injuries.
On the night of the incident, Cook admitted to consuming alcohol and supplying alcohol to a group of minors. Police arrested Cook and booked her into the Cobb County Jail on charges of underage driving under the influence, reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle, underage possession of alcohol, possession of false identification, and violation of a class D driver’s license hours restrictions. She was later released on bond.
The charges were upgraded to first-degree vehicular homicide after Prindle’s death, and police re-arrested Cook. She was again released on bond with orders to wear an ankle monitor. On November 8, a Cobb County jury indicted Cook on the charge of DUI vehicular homicide. Her next hearing has not yet been posted to the court’s online docket.
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