Two Drivers Charged in Wreck that Killed Unrestrained Child
A 4-year-old girl was killed in a wreck Saturday in Richmond County, and officials said the child was not wearing a seat belt. Both drivers were charged.
Jacqueline Hopkins, who was the driving of the vehicle with the child inside, was charged with four counts of child restraint violation and second-degree vehicular homicide, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. The other driver, 31-year-old Kimberly Dixon of Hephzibah, was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, second-degree vehicular homicide and a violation of a learner’s permit, officials said.
Destiny Dorsey died around 4 p.m. Saturday when the vehicle she was riding in was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Lumpkin and Claudia roads, Lt. Allan Rollins told The Augusta Chronicle. Dorsey was not wearing a seat belt, Rollins said.
Hopkins, 30, who was injured in the wreck, was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center, the paper reported. The Augusta woman was released Sunday and transported to the Richmond County jail. Dixon, who was arrested Saturday, was still in custody a day later, according to jail records.
Family Escapes House Fire that Killed Two Dogs
Two dogs were killed in a fire that caused heavy damage to a one-story home late Sunday afternoon in Lilburn. Still, the family was able to escape unharmed, officials said.
At 4:18 p.m. firefighters responded to a report of a house fire in the 3700 block of Hollow Tree Lane, according to the Gwinnett County Fire. The back of the home was engulfed in flames, the caller said.
Three people who were in the home when the fire erupted smelled the smoke and escaped as the fire alarm activated, Rutledge said. They attempted to douse the flames with a garden hose and to get their two small dogs out of the home before firefighters arrived. But they were unsuccessful, he said. The dogs did not survive.
It took firefighters almost an hour to bring the flames under control, Rutledge said. The fire appeared to have started in the basement before spreading to the main-level and attic, he said. The fire, which burned a hole through the floor on the left-side of the house over the finished basement, caused heavy damage to the back of the house and sent significant smoke and heat throughout the structure, officials said. Still, they are trying to determine what caused the fire.