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No charges yet in street racing death

By Walter Geiger No charges have yet been filed against two cousins who were drag racing on Sims Street when their cars collided with a third car, killing an innocent man March 15. Troopers from the GSP’s specialized collision reconstruction team (SCRT) are now in charge of the probe into the crash, according to Cpl. K.P. Pope of the GSP post in Forsyth. SCRT investigators have met with the Towaliga district attorney’s office regarding prosecutions. It is expected that first degree vehicular homicide warrants will be sought for the two racing drivers, cousins Vontae Tyris Collier, 20, and Taurean Collier, 30. All three vehicles in the crash were Olds Cutlasses. The dead man, 29-yearold Johnathan Maurice Byrd, pulled out of Owens Lane into the path of the racing vehicles which were speeding north on Sims Street. The preliminary investigation revealed that Taurean Collier’s vehicle first hit Byrd’s in the driver’s side rear quarter panel, spinning it southbound on Sims where it was struck head-on by Vontae Collier’s vehicle which was in the wrong lane. Byrd died at the scene. Taurean Collier was seriously injured. Vontae Collier and four others suffered lesser injuries in the horrific crash.

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