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Indictment: Driver accused of killing mom was on meth

Spencer Prigmore

Spencer Prigmore

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Lilburn driver accused of killing a mother and child walking down Lawrenceville Highway was under the influence of methamphetamine, indictments returned this week alleged.

A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted Spencer Todd Prigmore on Wednesday, charging him on four counts of homicide by vehicle, two counts of failure to stop at or return to the scene of an accident, and single counts of driving under the influence of drugs, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and reckless driving. The 43-year-old has remained in jail since his original arrest on July 18.

That evening, Prigmore was allegedly driving his Ford pickup west on Lawrenceville Highway when he clipped an SUV while switching lanes, jumped a curbed near Harbins Road and continued down the sidewalk.

That sidewalk is where Maria Alicia Cervantes Maldonado, 36, and 6-year-old daughter Melissa Paola Cervantes were strolling home from the grocery store. Both were hit and killed as Prigmore proceeded about a quarter-mile down the road and stopped in the parking lot of a title loan facility.

Responding Lilburn police officers suspected that a “hysterical and crying” Prigmore was under the influence of something, but weren’t sure what. Because blood analysis had not yet been returned, the original DUI-drugs charges against Prigmore were dismissed during a hearing a week after the incident.

This week’s indictment, however, brought those charges back and alleged that Prigmore was under the influence of methamphetamine. A Lilburn police spokesman confirmed that was the result of labs coming back, but referred further comment to the district attorney’s office.

The indictment also added second vehicular homicide counts for each victim, charges predicated specifically on driving under the influence of drugs.