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Bond granted in DeKalb for accused driver in 316 crash

Sabrina Patrice Townes

Sabrina Patrice Townes

The woman believed to be responsible for a deadly multi-vehicle crash on Sunday afternoon was transported from the Gwinnett County jail late Monday to the DeKalb County jail.

Legal proceedings began on Tuesday for Sabrina Patrice Townes of Lawrenceville for her role in a February, 2012 incident at Lawrenceville Highway and Lynburn Drive. DeKalb Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said Townes is facing eight arrest warrants, including charges for vehicular homicide, two counts of reckless conduct, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain a lane and failure to obey a traffic control device.

A DeKalb County judge granted Townes a $300,000 bond during the same court hearing Tuesday that Townes said she has a history of seizures and has seen a doctor, WSB-TV reported.

Lawrenceville Police Capt. Jeff Smith said his department is still investigating Sunday’s incident and has no sense of urgency to charge Townes while DeKalb authorities process the 2012 incident.

According to witnesses, Townes on Sunday allegedly started a chain-reaction crash on Ga. Highway 316 westbound when she drove a red Isuzu SUV while passing vehicles on the right shoulder. Seven vehicles were involved, and one flipped several times as the Isuzu and a pickup truck crossed a median into eastbound traffic. The road was closed in both directions for about five hours.

One person died in the crash and three people were transported in critical condition to Gwinnett Medical Center.