A Canton woman has been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal crash Friday afternoon that killed a 25-year-old mother from Jasper.

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

Carolyn Rampley, 60, has been charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, reckless driving and aggressive driving in the crash that occurred about 2:30 p.m. Friday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 575 north of Airport Drive. In the incident an SUV left the road and rolled over several times, killing the driver, 25-year-old Ashley Faucett of Jasper. Her 6-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle and sustained minor injuries.

“Working off a tip from a citizen, investigators were able to make contact with Rampley at her home. It was determined Rampley was traveling on I-575 last Friday afternoon,” Baker said. “Investigators believe that Rampley was involved a road rage incident with Ashley Faucett, 25, of Jasper, and ultimately caused Faucett to lose control of her vehicle resulting in an accident which caused her death.”

Rampley is currently being held in the Cherokee County jail without bond.

According to court records, Rampley had a previous arrest in November in which she was charged with striking a fire hydrant with her vehicle and leaving the scene. She was charged with striking a fixed object and failure to maintain lane in that incident, which occurred Nov. 29 just after midnight. She paid a $205 fine in that case.

Court records show Rampley had been released on $10,250 bond from the Cherokee County jail on March 4 after being charged with nine counts of cruelty to animals and one count of reckless conduct. The arrest stemmed from an investigation by the Cherokee Marshal’s Office at her home, where according to reports they found unvaccinated dogs living outside in dirty conditions on property strewn with junk cars and trash.

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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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