Driver charged months after crash

LILBURN - A Lilburn man turned himself in this week on charges he fled from a fiery Ferrari crash on New Year's Day that killed an acquaintance, police said.

Police believe Todd Willoughby, 36, was behind the wheel of a yellow 1995 Ferrari 348 Spider when it slipped off Harmony Grove Road, struck a culvert and ejected both men inside.

Willoughby's passenger, Russell Hays, 32, of Auburn, was partially trapped beneath the car, which caught fire and burned both men, police said. Hays died at the scene, while Willoughby allegedly fled on foot.

A short time later, Willoughby was found by authorities and transported to a burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Police initially thought Hays was driving, but "there was evidence developed during the investigation that indicated (Willoughby) was the driver," Spellman said.

Willoughby, who's employed by American Street Machines Inc., owned the exotic vehicle, according to police.

Willoughby turned himself in Wednesday, Spellman said. He faces felony charges of vehicular homicide and duty to return to the scene of an accident. Police lodged additional misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

Willoughby was released later Wednesday from the Gwinnett County Jail on $38,200 bond.