An Alabama man has been charged with vehicular homicide and impaired driving in an August traffic crash in east Cherokee County that killed a 61-year-old woman, authorities said.

According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker:

Andrew James Wright, 45, of Guntersville, Alabama, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Cherokee County jail. Wright was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, and following too closely.

The crash happened on Aug. 19 on Ga. Highway 20 near the Forsyth County line. The victim, Susan Kay Chambers, of Cumming was stopped in the road’s eastbound lane, waiting to make a left-hand turn into a driveway when her black 1998 Ford Ranger was struck from behind by Wright’s 2019 Volvo tractor trailer. Her truck was pushed into the westbound lane where it was hit by a tractor trailer coming from the other direction. Chambers died at the scene.

The investigation revealed that Wright was driving the tractor-trailer while under the influence of a prescription painkiller, according to an arrest warrant. He remained in jail without bond Wednesday morning.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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