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Mableton man arrested following fiery crash that killed one and injured another


A Mableton man was arrested and booked into the Cobb County jail following a Thursday night fiery crash that left one person dead and another seriously injured. 

The Cobb County Police Department said 42-year-old Donald Bryan was responsible and charged him with DUI.

Stacey Miles Davis, 24, of Lawrenceville was killed in the crash and 23-year-old Mya Smith of Powder Springs was seriously injured and transported to the hospital. 

Investigators say the crash occurred around 11:18 p.m. Bryan was heading eastbound on Veterans Memorial Highway in a 2020 Ford F-150, where he was attempting a left turn onto Cooper Lake Road. 

With Smith as a passenger, Davis was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on Veterans Memorial Highway. Cobb Police say Bryan initiated his left turn when it was unsafe to do so, and drove into the path of the Harley Davidson. 

The motorcycle collided with the rear passenger side door of the pickup, police said. Smith was ejected from the motorcycle and ended up in the right eastbound lane of Veterans Memorial Highway. Davis remained attached to the motorcycle, beside the truck. Upon impact, both vehicles caught fire and had to be extinguished by Cobb County Fire, police said. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by the county medical examiner’s office and Smith was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with serious injuries to her leg and hip and “severe” cuts to her face. 

The arrest warrant says Bryan smelled of alcohol, had glassy and watery eyes, and admitted to drinking four beers. He also provided two voluntary breath samples that tested positive for alcohol.

Bryan was booked into the Cobb jail and faces two felonies — first-degree vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle — and two misdemeanors — DUI and failure to yield while turning left. He is not eligible for bond.

The crash remains under investigation. Cobb police ask that anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 770-499-3987.


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