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Athens woman charged with vehicular homicide for May collision on Atlanta Highway

By Joe Johnson

A 49-year-old Athens woman on Thursday was arrested for vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal collision more than a month ago.

Victoria Michelle Moon of Holman Avenue was booked into the county jail on warrants charging her with second-degree homicide by vehicle and failure to yield when turning left for the May 3 collision that killed 68-year-old Gloria Thurmond of Oglethorpe Avenue.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, Thurmond was a passenger in the right rear of a 2007 Ford Edge being driven west on Atlanta Highway by Moon, who turned into the path of an eastbound Dodge Journey when trying to enter the parking lot of Sam’s Club.

When the vehicles collided, Thurmond suffered a serious facial injury and when police arrived on the scene, she was unconscious.

 She was transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, where she passed away 10 days later.

Moon suffered a broken arm, according to the accident report, and another of her passengers complained of chest pain. They were also transported to the hospital, as was the 25-year-old Walton County man who was driving the Dodge Journey. He complained of pain in both his knees. His passenger, a 54-year-old woman with the same address in Monroe as his, was also taken to the hospital, but the accident report did not indicate what injuries, if any she received.

Moon was booked into jail at 8:48 p.m. Thursday and was released less than two hours later upon posting own recognizance bonds totaling $2,000.

The vehicular homicide charge is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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