Herlandez Benjamin

Herlandez Benjamin

A Dallas man was arrested Monday and charged with vehicular homicide in a March crash that killed a 70-year-old woman in southwest Cherokee County.

Herlandez Benjamin, 44, of Dallas, was driving his Dodge Ram 1500 March 12 when he failed to stop at a red light and collided with a Toyota Venza on Highway 92 at Hunt Road near Acworth, according to his arrest warrant. Patricia Goodman, 70, who had been driving the Toyota, was trapped in the car and fatally injured. After she was removed from the car by first responders, she was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Benjamin told authorities he was watching YouTube on his cell phone while driving, per the warrant.

The crash also injured three people, including Benjamin, the Tribune previously reported.

Benjamin is charged with vehicular homicide, failure to obey a traffic signal and failure to exercise due care. He was booked into the Cherokee County jail Monday and released on a $2,361 bond, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

- This story has been updated to clarify that Goodman was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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