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Man charged in fatal crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Loganville man involved in the fatal crash on U.S. Highway 78 a week ago has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor vehicular homicide.

Jason Gagnon with the DeKalb County Police Department said police decided to charge James Miles after "the investigation dictated it."

Miles, who was not hurt in the accident, was also cited for improperly changing lanes, Gagnon said.

According to reports, Robert Harold Clinton Jr., 60, Ollie Benny Stephens Jr., 49, and Cindy Fitzgerald, 54, all of Lilburn, died when the van they were traveling in was struck from behind by Miles' Dodge Stratus.

Police believe Miles was changing lanes when he hit the Ford Econoline carrying Clinton, the driver, and eight passengers, all Southern Company and Georgia Power employees.

The van reportedly flipped several times before coming to rest on its side.

The six surviving occupants were taken to an area hospital.

Injured were: Keith Reese, 51, of Lawrenceville; Sandra Bonner, 52, of Lilburn; Wanna Philpot, 66, of Stone Mountain; Courtney Singleton Hill, 25, of Lilburn; Chris Ellis, 56, of Lawrenceville; and Gary Davis, 51, of Stone Mountain.

Under Georgia law, misdemeanor vehicular homicide is punishable by up to one year in prison.