20-year-old Rome man charged in collision that killed a Rome High senior and his father last month, jail records show.

20-year-old Rome man charged in collision that killed a Rome High senior and his father last month, jail records show.

Sameer Fadi Musleh, 20, of Rome has been charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle (first degree) as well as reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain a lane following a brutal collision that killed Jose Pompilio Cornejo-Cornejo, 61, and Jose Cornejo-Cornejo, 18, according to Floyd County Jail reports.

Musleh was booked into the jail on Thursday morning; no bond was granted on the charges, records show.

A Rome Police report from the Feb. 28 collision shows:

The first vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Sameer F. Musleh,  was traveling north on Redmond Circle and the driver of the second vehicle (2016 GMC Acadia SLE) entered the roadway from West Butler and went to turn left onto Redmond Road. The senior Cornejo-Corneho was driving the GMC. Musleh said he “T-boned” the second vehicle.

Witnesses said the Tahoe was traveling at a very high rate of speed, “at least 80 mph.”

The report says the senior Cornejo was taken to the morgue while the son was rushed to the hospital. Also taken by ambulance to the hospital were Musleh and two male passengers, 22 and 18.

The accident occurred around 8:08 p.m.


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An online donation account to help with funeral expenses for the father and son killed in Sunday night’s collision on Redmond Circle has drawn wide support from Northwest Georgia. Students, teachers, business owners and churches together have contributed  $17,465 of the now $20,000 goal as of Wednesday morning.

Donations have ranged from $5 to $500 to $2,000. According to the post:

“On Feb. 28, 2021, the Cornejos were enjoying a day with their children, their children’s spouses and grandchildren when Pompilio Cornejo and his son, Jose Cornejo, were in a horrific car accident about 100 yards from their home as they left to go to the store later that night.

Pompilio Cornejo was 61 years old and was born on July 17, 1959. He is remembered as a kind, loving husband and father. He was hard-working and always made sure his family came first.

Jose Cornejo was 18 years old and was born on January 3, 2003. He attended Rome High School and was in process of completing his senior year. He had plans of going to college after graduating this coming May. He is remembered as a loving, bright, kind-hearted, and sweet son and brother.

The family is raising funds to help with the funeral expenses for their loved ones. At this time there is no information on when the funeral services will be held. Updates will be made as soon as information becomes available.

Lucy Cornejo, Rosy Cornejo, Eduardo Cornejo, Josenia Moreno, and Jennifer Cornejo thank everyone for all their support, prayers and love.


From the Rome Police accident report. Vehicle one was traveling on Redmond and struck vehicle two, inwhich the Conjelos were riding.

 

As the community mourns the death of a Rome High senior and his father following a Sunday night accident on Redmond near Butler Street, others are recalling a similar tragedy there less than a year earlier.

Deputy Coroner John Hamilton confirms both victims Sunday were in the same vehicle and that the investigation was continuing.

Killed were Jose Pompilio Cornejo-Cornejo, 61, and Jose Cornejo-Cornejo, 18,  according to Rome Police reports. Additional information from RPD shows:

The first vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Sameer F. Musleh,  was traveling north on Redmond Circle and the driver of the second vehicle (2016 GMC Acadia SLE) entered the roadway from West Butler and went to turn left onto Redmond Road. The senior Cornejo-Corneho was driving the GMC. Musleh said he “T-boned” the second vehicle.

Witnesses said the Tahoe was traveling at a very high rate of speed, “at least 80 mph.”

The report says the senior Cornejo was taken to the morgue while the son was rushed to the hospital. Also taken by ambulance to the hospital were Musleh and two male passengers, 22 and 18.

The accident occurred around 8:08 p.m. The investigation is continuing.

Rome City Schools issued the following comment:

“Rome City Schools is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Rome High School senior, Jose Cornejo-Cornejo. RHS counselors, and additional system representatives, will be available throughout each day this week on campus to assist students during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with the family and all of those affected by this loss.”

It is the latest in a series of accidents and tragedies in Floyd and Polk counties involving students or recent high school graduates.

Sunday’s accident also triggered memories of a similar tragedy there in 2020. That collision occurred on April 21. According to Georgia State Patrol reports:

  • At 6:20 p.m., a 2015 Ford F450 4×4 Crew Cab was traveling north on Redmond Circle in the left lane. A second vehicle, a 1997 Infiniti I30, was traveling south on Redmond Circle in the left lane. The pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck the Infiniti in the front with its front. The deceased were the driver and the rear seat passenger of the Infiniti.
  • Killed were  Valarie Watts, age 51 of Rome, and her son, 18-year-old Antwan Jamerson.
  • Pickup driver Ronnie Barker, age 36 of Lindale, who was not injured, was arrested last May on two counts of vehicular homicide and other counts, according to the state patrol.
Traffic was backed up following the April 2020 double fatality at Redmond near West Butler. Google map.
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