19 year old from Columbus arrested on Vehicular Homicide after fatal wreck on I85

The suspect was caught near exit 51 with his car smoking bad enough for fire to respond

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A 19 year old from Columbus was booked for Vehicular Homicide and other charges after causing a fatal wreck on I85 Saturday. Shortly after 3PM 911 started receiving calls from drivers on I 85 near mile marker 37 ( just north of the Grantville Exit ) stating that a truck had gone off the road and flipped, trapping a male driver inside. 

According to radio traffic, members of the public that got out with the wreck reported that it had been caused by a grey Altima that had continued northbound. Dispatch notified CCSO units that were further north on the interstate of the vehicles description.

While CCSO units were looking for the suspect vehicle, and CCFR units were en route to the accident scene, members of the public that had stopped at the accident scene attempted to render aid to the driver of the truck, including attempting to roll the truck over to gain access to the victim.

A CCSO deputy informed dispatch within minutes of receiving the suspect vehicle description that he was behind a vehicle matching the description around the 49 MM north. After a second unit caught up with them, both units pulled the vehicle over. The suspect was detained and CCFR was called as his vehicle was smoking enough that they were in fear of it catching on fire.

CCFR units arrived on the scene of the accident shortly after being dispatched, they quickly attempted to extricate the driver, but he’d already passed due to his injuries.

The Georgia State Patrol had been notified of the accident when it was reported, and arrived on scene shortly after ems. Given the severity of the accident and the fatality, they became the primary agency investigating the accident. The suspect that had been detained was turned over to GSP who then placed them under arrest and booked them into the Coweta County Jail.

The identity of the driver who passed away has not been released.

Braxton Bade Bearden, 19, of Columbus, was arrested by the GPS and booked on the following counts.

  • Vehicular Homicide, a felony
  • Leaving scene of accident with injury/death, a felony
  • Improper turn ( Signals Required ), a misdemeanor
  • Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor 

Bearden was released from the jail after posting bail on a $13,200 bond.

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