TURNER

TURNER

A High Falls man is charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide after the sheriff’s office said he was using his phone when he caused a fatal wreck on High Falls Road on April 27.

Timothy “T.J.” Turner III, 24, was also cited for failure to maintain lane and distracted driving after turning himself in to authorities on June 9. Monroe County Sgt. Kevin Williams told the Reporter that the sheriff’s office has a program that tells them the operations being used on a phone at certain times and dates. That evidence led to the citation for using a cell phone during the fatal wreck. Williams would not say whether Turner was texting or on a phone call at the time of the wreck. Williams said Turner only admitted to using the phone after the wreck, but said the evidence showed otherwise. But he said Turner has been cooperative.

Nancy Skinner, 68, of High Falls, was on her way to her nursing job at Monroe County Hospital when her Nissan sedan was struck head-on by a Jeep Cherokee driven by Turner at about 6:40 a.m. on April 27. Turner told paramedics on scene that he had gotten something in his eye and when he looked up he saw headlights coming at him. Williams determined that Turner had crossed over the center line and hit Skinner’s car. Skinner was pronounced dead at the scene while Turner was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Williams said they have returned Turner’s phone to him. Turner was released on Sunday on a $5,000 bond. Georgia’s law against cell phone use while driving went into effect about one year ago, July 1, 2018. Lashuna Ussery of the sheriff’s office said deputies have issued 91 citations for texting and driving in Monroe County so far in 2019.