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Elderly Rome Woman Charged with Vehicular Homicide

Mar 02, 2013 -- 9:18am


By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
An elderly Rome woman has been charged with vehicular homicide following the mid-February wreck that killed one of the passengers in her car.
According to arrest warrants at the Floyd County Jail, 87-year-old Betty Rowston is facing two misdemeanors, vehicular homicide in the 2nd degree and failure to yield while turning left, after a two-vehicle accident on Turner McCall in February. Rowston was reportedly behind the wheel of a 2001 Buick Lasabre on the tenth, with four elderly passengers in tow.  She was turning left unto Broad St. when GSP officials say she failed to yield to an oncoming 1996 Toyota Forerunner and was struck.
The accident injured four people and killed 85-year-old Ann Kathleen Tolbert of Rome, who was in the right-rear passenger seat of Rowston’s Buick. The charges against Rowston come after an investigation by Georgia State Patrol into the crash. She turned herself in to the Floyd County Jail on Friday.  

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