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Man facing vehicular homicide, battery in separate incidents

Nicholas McKyle Harris

Nicholas McKyle Harris

NORCROSS -- A Doraville man was arrested by Gwinnett County police Sunday and charged with battery, not long after Norcross police decided to formally charge him in a November fatal accident.

Online records show Nicholas McKyle Harris, 32, was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Sunday evening and charged with battery, third-degree cruelty to children, second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to obey a traffic control device. As of Tuesday afternoon he had not posted the $11,800 necessary for his release.

According to warrants, Harris was detained at his home on Pine Drive Sunday after "placing bruises and welts on the arms and legs" of a female victim. The offense allegedly occurred sometime between 7 p.m. and about 7:30 p.m.

The alleged victim and Harris "got into a physical altercation over picking up their child from school," a police report said. "(The victim) reported being pushed down to the floor where she was repeatedly hit on the thigh and arms by Mr. Harris."

The couple's 5-year-old son reportedly witnessed the incident.

Just a few days prior to his arrest, Norcross police had filed separate warrants charging Harris with misdemeanor vehicular homicide from a Nov. 25 accident in which he reportedly caused a three-car crash that claimed the life of another driver.

Sheriff's deputies had not yet served the warrants, but tacked the charges on once Harris was detained.

According to documents detailing that incident, Harris was driving his Chrysler Aspen SUV eastbound on Beaver Ruin Road when he ran a red light at Wexford Drive. At the same time, Francisco Gallegos-Tudon was attempting to turn left onto Beaver Ruin Road from Wexford Drive; another driver was turning left onto Beaver Ruin from the opposite direction.

Harris' SUV slammed into Gallegos-Tudon's Geo Metro then hit the other vehicle's rear bumper. Gallegos-Tudon was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Gwinnett County police's arrest of Harris while he had pending warrants was purely coincidental, Norcross police Capt. Brian Harr said.

"We had to wait for test results to be completed before we could proceed with charges (in the fatal crash)," he said.