They also had a very short article about the murder on Patrick Place, but no new details other than that they were “following up on some leads”.

Video on WSB about the murder.

In today’s Sentinel:

Fatal crash probe may take month; suspect arrested
by Helen McCoy/Staff Writer
Members of the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team study the scene on Berea Road where a car crashed into a house Saturday night, killing an occupant of the house and injuring several others. (Sentinel photo)

Members of the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team study the scene on Berea Road where a car crashed into a house Saturday night, killing an occupant of the house and injuring several others. (Sentinel photo)

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The investigation is still underway in the accident where an SUV struck a home Saturday on Berea Road.

Lt. Paul Cosper, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol, estimated it would take more than a month for the investigation to be complete.

George Bryant, 60, a resident of the home, was killed after being hit when the SUV plowed through the house.

Douglas County District Attorney David McDade said, according to an AP story Monday afternoon, that the driver of the vehicle, William Stuart, has been arrested and will appear in court for a hearing this morning.

McDade said he plans to file vehicular homicide charges.

The accident happened around 8 p.m. Saturday, said Randy Daniel, Douglas County coroner, Family members were seated in the living room after celebrating the birthday of Bryant’s son, Michael, who’d left to go to a cookout down the street, Daniel said.

The Navigator left the road “at a high rate of speed,” driving through two yards, according to Daniel. “It went through a little wooded area, got up to the house, and hit ascar,” he recounted.

Daniel said the vehicle knocked the car out of the way and hit the house, almost going through the back of it.

According to Daniel, the SUV was traveling toward Hwy. 5, counter to what some initially believed.

“It tore the house to pieces,” Daniel said. “It doesn’t look like he ever let off the gas.”

Cosper identified others who were in the home at the time as Joyce Bryant, 59, who was admitted to Atlanta Medical Center; the Bryants’ daughter, Shannon Bryant, 34, and her two children, Aylisha Walters, 9, and Jeremy Reynolds, 13. Walters was adnitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite; Bryant and her son were treated and released from WellStar Douglas Hospital, Cosper said.

Stuart, 49, was admitted to Atlanta Medical Center, according to Cosper.

Autopsy results Monday showed that Bryant died from multiple blunt force injuries from being run over, Daniel said.

He said that Bryant died a hero.

“He was a disabled Vietnam veteran, which already made him a hero,” Daniel said. “But witnesses said when he heard the crash, he took his wife and swung her to the back, letting the car hit him. That probably saved her life,”

A blue tarp covered the length of the house Monday as the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team from the Georgia State Patrol continued their investigation.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this story.)

And a follow-up article about his hearing this morning from WMBF.com:

Judge denies bond in fatal Ga. SUV crash

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Associated Press – September 1, 2009 12:54 PM ET

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) – A man accused of driving an SUV that crashed through a Douglasville home, killing a 60-year-old man, has been charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that 47-year-old William Stuart had a blood alcohol level of .19, twice the legal limit, after ramming his SUV through a house Saturday night and killing George Michael Bryant.

The wreck also injured several family members who were gathered at the house for a birthday celebration.

A judge denied bond for Stuart at a hearing Tuesday.

Authorities said Stuart’s SUV slammed into mailboxes and bushes and hit a parked vehicle before barreling into the Bryant home.

An attorney who appeared in court representing Stuart did not immediately return a phone call.

Information from: Douglas County Sentinel, http://www.douglascountysentinel.com

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