Man charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree
The Georgia State Patrol has filed charges against a man who was driving a vehicle involved in a fatal one-vehicle crash on Bakers Ferry Road late on the afternoon of Friday, April 8.
The driver, Jerry Lee Heard, 49, of 2020 Charles Yeargin Road, has been charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, driving on a suspended or revoked license, DUI, open container in the vehicle passenger area and failure to maintain lane, according to a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol’s Post 52 office.
Heard was driving a 1988 Ford pickup truck south on Bakers Ferry Road when the truck exited the left side of the road then exited the right side of the road before overturning “several times,” according to Elbert County Coroner Chuck Almond.
The vehicle came to rest upside down, facing north on Bakers Ferry Road.
A passenger in the vehicle, Darrell Vincent Taylor, 29, of 2353 James Bailey Road, died as a result of the crash, according to Almond.
Almond said a call alerting Elbert County officials about the incident came to Elbert County 911 at 5:32 p.m.
Upon arrival at the scene, authorities blocked traffic at the site to through traffic.
Traffic on Bakers Ferry Road was blocked for three hours, said Almond.
There was a “lengthy” amount of time before emergency personnel were able to get Heard out of the vehicle, Almond said.
Heard was airlifted by a medical evacuation helicopter at the scene and taken to a Greenville, South Carolina hospital, according to the Georgia State Patrol.