By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
The bus driver who is accused of killing a Paulding County pastor on the eve of Thanksgiving has been charged with 2nd degree vehicular homicide.
According to Emerson Chief of Police Stan Bradley, George Carroll, age 77, was arrested and charged Monday with one count of 2nd degree vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor, for allegedly striking and killing Andrew Pray, who was the worship pastor for West Ridge Church in Dallas. Bradley says the 2nd degree charge is based on the wreck being classified as an accident;
"There was no malicious intent, which 1st degree or 2nd degree does not carry any intent. 1st degree falls under if the person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if they leave the scene of the accident. There was no, again, no intent by Mr. Carroll...he was operating the bus properly, unfortunately he did come up behind and was too close at which time he struck him...which did result in the death."
Carroll was also charged with following too closely. There were no passengers on the bus, which Bradley said was being tested at the time. The accident occurred about 12:30 pm Wednesday as both Pray and Carroll were travelling northbound on Highway 41 near Red Top Mountain Road in Bartow County.
Bradley said Pray was biking according to Georgia law and was wearing his helmet when he was hit. He later died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Pray, who would’ve turned 31 on Monday, was a married father of three.
Carroll was released from the Bartow County Jail on bond Monday.
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