Woman charged in crash that killed Savannah man

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police arrested a Hoschton woman this week on vehicular homicide charges resulting from an October crash that killed a Savannah man.

An investigation into the Oct. 9 wreck found that Alisha Crowder, 21, was speeding and failed to maintain a traffic lane in the crash that killed Jerriod Grizzle, 25, police said.

Crowder faces misdemeanor vehicular homicide charges and traffic violations, including failure to wear a seat belt and speeding. She was released Tuesday from the Gwinnett County Jail on $5,200 bond.

Crowder, who was driving, was traveling 52 mph in a 40 mph zone, police said.

Grizzle died at the scene. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt either. A 20-month-old infant strapped in a car seat in the rear of the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox sustained minor injuries, as did Crowder, police said.

The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on Hog Mountain Road, about a mile south of Ga. Highway 124. No other vehicles were involved, police said.

Grizzle was not ejected, "but his lack of (wearing a) seat belt contributed significantly to his death," said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly.

Failure to wear seat belts contributes to more fatalities than all other safety-related traffic behavior, Kelly said. In about half of fatal accidents this year, victims were not buckled up, police have said.

"With the Holiday Season approaching, (motorists) should bear in mind that not only is the use of a seat belt state law," Kelly said, "the correct use of a seat belt is statistically proven to save lives."