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Georgia Woman Charged with Vehicular Homicide for 2018 Single-Car Wreck

February 06, 2019

BARTOW COUNTY, GA. – A Georgia woman has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a 2018 single-car wreck that killed a young man, according to an online news story reported by The woman was arrested on January 25 and booked into jail in Bartow County, Georgia.* 

The accident occurred on September 21, 2018, in Bartow County. At about 3 a.m. that day, Darla Ann Smith, then-22 years old, of Acworth, Georgia, was driving a BMW (model not reported) on Glade Road. Near the area of Apache Road, Smith swerved to try to avoid hitting a dog. Her BMW ended up hitting the dog then crashing into a utility pole. The BMW ignited after impact. 

Smith was able to get out of the car, though she suffered serious injuries. A passenger in the BMW with her, 24-year-old Beau Johnson, of Marietta, Georgia, was trapped inside the vehicle. Emergency responders rushed to the scene, but Johnson was already deceased when they arrived. 

Following the accident, Smith was charged with driving under the influence. On January 25, however, she was arrested on additional charges in connection with the accident. These charges include vehicular homicide in the first degree (a felony), reckless driving, and improper lane change. Officers booked Smith into the Bartow County Jail, and she was released January 28 on a bond of $6,550. 

It is not yet clear when Smith will appear in court on the new charges. The criminal investigation is ongoing, and no further information has been reported to the media at this time. 

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