The latest: AJC’s Greg Bluestein reports state Rep. Trey Kelley leaving House Majority Whip post. We’re awaiting updates from Kelley and his staff. Here’s the initial update.
Georgia House Majority Whip @RepTreyKelley, one of the top Republicans in the statehouse, sent an email to colleagues tonight saying he’s stepping down from his leadership post. He confirms to me he’s still keeping his legislative seat. #gapol
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) July 2, 2021
In December, Polk County grand jurors indicted Kelley and another man on charges stemming from a September 2019 fatal accident. They were booked into the Polk County Jail soon afterward.
Kelley was indicted on a reckless conduct charge, jail records show. Ralph William ‘Ryan’ Dover III faces charges of felony hit-and-run as well a reckless conduct, according to the arrest documents.
The charges were filed 15 months after a fatal accident on Sept.11, 2019, involving bicyclist Eric Keais “who was traveling on his bike along North Main Street in Cedartown when he was stuck by Mr. Dover’s vehicle,” according to the indictment from District Attorney Jack Browning. It continues:
“Mr. Dover did not immediately stop and contact law enforcement and emergency medical services, as required by law but instead immediately contacted Mr. Kelley to come to the scene. As Mr. Keais laid in a ditch on the side of the road in need of emergency medical attention, law enforcement and emergency medical services were not contacted until approximately 45 minutes after the incident. Mr. Keais died as a result of his injuries sustained when Mr. Dover’s vehicle struck him.”
Kelley easily won a new two-year term in the June primary and later Nov. 3 general election amid allegations raised following the fatal accident, including a critical report from the Georgia Highway Patrol. Kelley was then re-elected House Majority Whip by Republican colleagues.