Friday, February 13, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BUFORD - A Buford man accused of driving under the influence after crashing his vehicle into a home is now also charged with vehicular homicide.
According to police, at about 8 a.m. Dec. 16, a Chevrolet Avalancne driven by 33-year-old Israel Wall ran off the road and through the front walls of 4068 Sardis Church Road, injuring two occupants inside. When emergency personnel arrived, reports said, Bobby Burel, 68, was complaining of leg injuries and a 68-year-old woman was semi-conscious. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment.
On Dec. 30, Burel died.
Wall had been free on bond until Wednesday, when he was booked back into the Gwinnett County Jail and is being held without bond. It is unclear why Wall was just re-arrested, but Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said upon Burel's death, the case was turned over to an Accident Investigation officer, who added the vehicular homicide charge.
On the morning of the crash, according to an incident report, officers arrived at the residence and found Wall still inside the vehicle, which was partially inside the house. Wall, police said, said he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Wall was arrested after police said he consented to, and failed, several field sobriety tests.
According to the report, a chemical test showed Wall's blood alcohol content to be well over the legal limit.