The driver of a Ford Mustang that reportedly struck and killed a landscaper kneeling beside his work truck last month has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and drunk driving.

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

Patrick Thomas, 65, of Woodstock was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence and was booked into the Cherokee County jail.

Thomas is accused of striking 59-year-old Justiniano Pirir, of Acworth, as he was kneeling beside his legally parked work truck in the Eagle Watch subdivision on the afternoon of Nov. 17. Officials said Thomas’ Mustang struck Pirir and the truck.

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