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Douglasville teen who crashed while driving 100 mph charged with killing 15-year-old passenger


A tragic incident occurred last week involving a Douglasville teen, Garrett Tyler Betts, who has been arrested and charged after a car crash that resulted in the death of his 15-year-old passenger.

According to arrest records, the incident took place when Betts, 18, was driving a 2001 Ford Mustang at an excessive speed of 100 mph on the East-West Connector near Creekside Villas Way around 10:15 p.m. on August 26. The speed was notably above the posted limit of 45 mph in that area.

The warrant details that as Betts was driving at this excessive speed, he failed to maintain his lane while approaching a right curve in the road. At that point, the vehicle left the right side of the road and went onto a grass shoulder. While attempting to steer the car back onto the road, the vehicle rotated across the westbound lanes of the street and ultimately collided with a tree located in the center median.

During the collision with the tree, Betts’s 15-year-old passenger was ejected from the vehicle and declared dead at the scene by the Cobb County Medical Examiner. Betts himself sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Betts has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, which is a felony, as well as several misdemeanors, including reckless driving, speeding, and failure to maintain lane. He was arrested and is being held at the Cobb County jail without bond.


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