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Auburn man arrested in fatal Dacula crash

DACULA — Accident investigators have charged an Auburn man with vehicular homicide in a weekend crash that killed a motorbike rider.

Police on Tuesday arrested Stephen Ventress, 22, on charges of second-degree homicide by vehicle, a misdemeanor, in addition to traffic charges for failing to maintain a single lane and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

Investigators believe Ventress was driving east in a Subaru Forester on Saturday morning when he crossed the center lines while negotiating a curve on Ga. Highway 8, or Winder Highway, near Dacula.

The vehicle collided head-on with Winder resident Roger Shimmin, 59, who was headed the opposite direction, police said. Shimmin was operating a moped at the time, according to arrest warrants.

Shimmin, who was ejected, died at the scene of the 6 a.m. collision near the highway’s intersection with Franklin Drive, police said.

Ventress posted $11,600 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on Wednesday.