Man charged with DUI, homicide by vehicle following Friday crash

Michael Hall

A 40-year-old Bethlehem man who is believed to have been driving under the influence of marijuana when he rear-ended a car on Ga. Highway 316 on Friday night has been charged with homicide by vehicle in the wake of his passenger’s death.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, Michael Hall was driving west on Ga. 316 toward Lawrenceville in a Chevrolet Malibu with 37-year-old Alishia Williamson, who was the sole passenger, when he rear-ended a Toyota Rav4 that was slowing “due to traffic at the Hurricane Trail intersection,” according to Gwinnett County Police Department Cpl. Michele Pihera, spokeswoman for the department.

“(Hall) pushed (the Rav4) through the intersection for about 200 feet,” Pihera said. “The Rav4 came to rest in the center grass median. The Malibu came to rest in the right turn lane.”

The driver of the Rav4 and one of her passengers had visible, though not life-threatening, injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Hall also suffered visible injuries, while Williamson, who was not wearing a seat belt, had life-threatening injuries, Pihera said. Williamson died Monday.

Though the investigation is ongoing, Hall told police that he “used marijuana sometime prior to the accident,” which officers later found him still in possession of. Hall also had methamphetamine on him.

Initially, Hall was charged with driving under the influence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and following too closely, though the homicide by vehicle charge was added after Williamson’s death Monday.

Hall remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

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Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.