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Tennessee man charged in fatal crash
July 03, 2014 10:18 AM | 2047 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sandy Springs Police have charged a Tennessee man in connection with the June 28 traffic fatality on Roswell Road at the entrance ramp to I-285 westbound.

James Straley, the 74-year-old driver of a Toyota Avalon, turned left into the path of a Nissan Pathfinder occupied by Shannon Latrice Zachary, 44, of Decatur.

An investigation revealed that Straley was traveling north on Roswell Road and entered the left turn only lane for I-285 west. Straley started turning left going towards the entrance ramp and was struck by the Nissan Pathfinder.

Authorities have determined Straley failed to yield as he was turning left, according to a police report.

The aforementioned action caused the SUV to collide with the passenger side of the Toyota Avalon, where the driver's 72-year old wife, Ailsie Straley, was seated. She was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Northside Hospital, but died of cardiac arrest en route.

James Straley was later charged with failure to yield while turning left and vehicular homicide in the 2nd degree. He was escorted to the city of Alpharetta jail in order to post bond.

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