A 24-year-old woman charged with killing a mother and a child in a head-on collision pled guilty in Superior Court Wednesday morning, announced Douglas County District Attorney David McDade. Natasha Angeline Searcy, of Lithia Springs, pled guilty to two counts of Homicide by Vehicle in the First Degree and one count of Serious Injury by Vehicle. Searcy was sentenced by Judge Robert J. James to a term of 20 years with the first 14 years to be served in prison.
According to Assistant District Attorney Tom Kegley, in the early morning hours of August 24, 2009, the defendant, who was traveling on Skyview Drive near Sweetwater Bridge, crossed over the center line and struck the victim’s vehicle. Both the mother and child passed away from injuries that they received during the collision. The front-seat passenger, who was the mother’s boyfriend, was also taken to the hospital and put into the Intensive Care Unit. He was released two days later after suffering serious injuries.
Initially, Searcy told authorities that the lights on the victim’s vehicle were not turned on and that the victim’s car traveled over the line. However, statements made by witnesses and an investigation by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) disputed the defendant’s claims. Both – the witnesses and the SCRT report — maintained that each car had their lights turned on and that the defendant’s vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane, which resulted in the head-on collision.
Witnesses also claimed to smell an odor of alcohol on Searcy. Searcy later told authorities that she was traveling from a party. A blood test of the defendant’s blood revealed low levels of alcohol and a small amount of marijuana present in her system at the time of the incident.