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Man gets 20 years for vehicular homicide

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    Brandon Rashad Boss

A Decatur man held responsible for a four-vehicle crash in Eatonton that took the life of a Jones County woman last year will be spending many years in prison.

Brandon Rashad Boss, 23, of Emerald Falls Drive, Decatur, recently pled guilty to one count vehicular homicide in the first degree and four counts serious injury by vehicle, according to Assistant District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale. He said Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Amanda S. Petty sentenced Boss to 20 years, with the first 12 years to be served in prison and the remainder on probation.

Around 8 p.m. on May 8, 2019, Boss was traveling southbound on U.S. Hwy. 441, Eatonton Bypass, where the highway changes from two lanes to four. According to a report by Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class 3 Ron Calvert, Boss’s Honda CR-V crossed over into the northbound lane and sideswiped a Jeep Liberty being driven by an 18-year-old Loganville man. The sideswipe caused the Jeep to spin around into the southbound lane where it was T-boned by a Chevrolet Impala, driven by Betty Jackson, 74, of Round Oak, a community in Jones County.

Boss’s Honda continued to travel in the northbound lane and hit a Toyota Highlander, causing the Highlander to go off the road and flip over on its side. The driver and passenger of the Highlander were the parents of the driver and passenger of the Jeep. All four family members, of Loganville, were taken by ambulance to Piedmont Athens Regional hospital for treatment of multiple broken bones and punctured lungs; they survived their injuries.

Jackson was flown by AirEvac to Navicent Health hospital in Macon, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Boss was indicted by a Putnam County Grand Jury in September. According to those court records, Boss was driving under the combined influence of two controlled substances at the time of the accident.