Driver, 18, charged in death of esteemed attorney

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police have charged an 18-year-old Ellenwood woman with vehicular homicide in the Friday death of motorcyclist and esteemed local attorney Trey Phillips.

Ambria Wright turned herself in Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Jail after police lodged charges of vehicular homicide, speeding and improper or erratic lane change, all misdemeanors. Wright posted $11,600 bond and was released.

According to arrest warrants, Wright was driving 16 mph faster than the posted 55 mph limit about 1:30 p.m. when she lost control of her 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier near Sugarloaf Parkway on Ga. Highway 316. Heading west, she struck a guardrail, over-corrected and shot across the grass median, spinning and colliding with Phillips' 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Both drivers sustained serious injuries and were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where Phillips died.

Friends and colleagues packed a courtroom earlier this week for a ceremony to mourn Phillips, 43, a Lawrenceville defense attorney and U.S. Army veteran.

Before earning his law degree from the University of Georgia and beginning his practice in 2005, Phillips served eight years on active duty with the Army. He earned the Humanitarian Service Medal for his participation in medical rescue operations in southern Florida following Hurricane Andrew.

In lieu of flowers, Phillips' family has requested that donations be made to Canine Pet Rescue, PO Box 248, Lawrenceville, Ga., 30046.

A colleague said members of the local bar are coming together to take care of Phillips' clients.


JCJB 2 years, 4 months ago

Vehicular homicide is a misdemeanor?


Kat 2 years, 4 months ago

It can be a felony or misdemeanor. Depends on the circumstances. It should be a felony if you are negligent in the proper operation of your motor vehicle. It seems an insult that the loss of life has the possibility of being deemed a misdemeanor. Very sad.


citized 2 years, 4 months ago

It was a motorcycle rider...He/she should have known better. Congressmen get away with killing cyclisits.


Chris78 2 years, 4 months ago

Should have known better? I'm sure HE knew the risks. However, he didn't cause the other drive to bounce off a wall and hit him.


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