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Athens man charged with vehicular homicide for 2020 head-on collision

James Eugene Blackmon

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man has been arrested for vehicular homicide in connection with a two-car collision last year in which a 71-year-old Winterville woman was killed.

James Eugene Blackmon, 42, of Sussex Drive was arrested on Monday on warrants that charged him with second-degree homicide by vehicle and failure to maintain lane, both misdemeanor offenses.

According to Sgt. First Class Tim Myer, commanding officer of Georgia State Patrol Post 32 in Athens, the deceased woman, Nancy Williams, was a passenger in a Ford Escape that was being driven by Danielle Williams, 43, also of Winterville west on Beaverdam Road shortly after 1 p.m. when it collided head-on with a Chrysler 200 being driven east by Blackmon.

The elder Williams died, he said, and all occupants of both vehicles were transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital for treatment.

Warrants for Blackmon’s arrest were issued following an investigation that was assisted by Specialized Reconstruction Team B, one of GSP's units that specializes in fatal accident investigations.

As of Tuesday morning, Blackmon was being detained at the county jail in lieu of bonds totaling $5,500.

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