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Groom charged for fatal wedding day crash

See related -- Attorneys for Ryan Quinton issue statement


  The groom whose bride died in a wreck after their wedding reception December 29th will be charged with first degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence (alcohol), reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane and “laying drag,” according to information from the Ga. State Patrol.

   Ryan Quinton, 28, was driving a borrowed vintage Pontiac Firebird from the reception in Ball Ground when the crash happened on Highway 5 just a couple of miles away from where he and Kali Shay were married.

 Kali Shay Quinton was killed after being ejected from the car when it rolled after leaving the roadway on a steep embankment. Mr. Quinton was injured and taken by ambulance from the scene. He had walked back up the embankment and summoned help from a passerby who stopped and called 911.

   The Ga. State Patrol special accident reconstruction team investigated and brought the charges in Cherokee County courts. 

         Quinton turned himself in to the Cherokee jail yesterday and was released on bond.

According to information from the Ga. State Patrol public information officer, "The blood alcohol result from the GBI Crime Lab was 0.114."

 From a GSP press release, "Warrants were taken on Monday by GSP. The driver, Ryan Patrick Quinton, turned himself in to the Cherokee Co. Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning.

He is charged with DUI, first degree vehicular homicide, laying drag, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane."


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