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Posted: Wednesday, July 18th 2012 at 11:32am

Woman charged in Saturday night's fatal wreck in Cleveland

By Rob Moore Editor
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Tanya Lynn Holbrook/Photo courtesy of White Co. Sheriff's Office
CLEVELAND – A 21-year-old woman faces several charges after a four-vehicle wreck that left a Cleveland man dead and seven other people hurt Saturday night south of Cleveland.

Enotah Circuit District Attorney Jeff Langley said Wednesday that Tanya Lynn Holbrook of Cleveland has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, passing in a no-passing zone, driving under the influence of alcohol, and failure to maintain lane.

She was booked in at the White County Detention Center, where she was released on $54,000 bond Tuesday afternoon.

The wreck happened at 9:34 p.m. Saturday on Georgia Highway 11 (U.S. Highway 129), 500 feet north of the south end of Tommy Cowart Road, between Jacky Jones Ford and Mitch Simpson Motors.

According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Holbrook was driving a 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that was traveling south. Holbrook’s vehicle went out of control and collided with a 2006 Chevrolet C-15 driven by 42-year-old William Brock Pulliam of Cleveland, a 2003 Saturn Vue driven by 18-year-old Joel Thomas Rogers Jr. of Cleveland, and a 2006 Ford Focus ZX-4 driven by 39-year-old Todd Andrew Sumption of Cleveland. All three of those vehicles were traveling north.

The Ford Focus broke apart upon impact. Sumption died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

The investigating trooper said Sunday seven people suffered minor injuries in the wreck.

None of the other drivers was transported from the scene for medical care, the GSP report states.

Pulliam also had four passengers, 36-year-old Shanna Nix Pulliam of Cleveland, a 14-year-old, an 11-year-old, and a 2-year-old, the report states.

The report shows those passengers were not transported from the scene for treatment.

Witnesses on scene told the investigating trooper that Holbrook was passing in a no-passing zone and failing to maintain her proper lane of travel prior to the crash.

An independent investigation of the crash is continuing by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

The highway was shut down for more than six hours following the wreck.
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