Updated: Cedartown woman, 73, faces vehicular homicide, DUI, improper stopping counts following fatal accident in Bartow County that killed an Emerson woman.

Updated: Cedartown woman, 73, faces vehicular homicide, DUI, improper stopping counts following fatal accident in Bartow County that killed an Emerson woman.

Evelyn Dolores Nowell of Cedartown faces homicide by vehicle (first degree), driving under the influence and improper stopping on a roadway following a fatal traffic accident in Bartow County, according to county jail records.

The Georgia State Patrol reports that the resulting accident claimed the life of an Emerson woman, Bobbie Whitman, age 56, and injured Robert Whitman, 49. A third passenger in their vehicle, Devonte Walker, 8, of Jonesboro, escaped injury. The report shows:

On Nov. 18 at approximately 11:55 p.m., a 2013 Chevrolet Impala was stopped in the right lane of I-75 northbound.  The driver was under the influence of alcohol and was improperly stopped in the roadway.  A tractor-trailer was in the right lane and attempted to swerve to the left to avoid the Impala.  The truck struck the left side of the Impala with its right side. The truck then left the east side of the roadway, and struck a 2000 Honda Accord.  It was parked in the east side emergency lane.  The truck then pushed the Accord into a guardrail, went through the guardrail, and then came to an uncontrolled final rest in the right lane facing westbound.  The truck came to a final rest on top of the Impala.  The passenger of Impala was deceased at the scene; the driver of that car currently is at Kennestone Hospital in critical condition.

Driver of Impala – Evelyn Nowell, age 73 of Cedartown, was injured and transported to Cartersville Medical Center. She was charged with Driving Under the Influence, Homicide by Vehicle (first degree), and Improper Slowing or Stopping on Roadway.

Driver of truck – Brian Walker, age 32 of Jonesboro was not injured.

Driver of Accord – Robert Whitman, age 49 of Emerson, was injured and transported to Kennestone Hospital.

A passenger of the Accord,Devonte Walker, age 8 of Jonesboro, was not injured.

Passenger of the Accord,  Bobbie Whitman, age 56 of Emerson, was fatally injured.

The report is not complete. This is an ongoing Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) investigation.

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