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Gwinnett County woman charged in fatal DUI crash


Posted on Mar 09, 2010

A Grayson woman has been charged in connection with the January car wreck that killed a three-year-old girl.
 
Police have charged twenty-six year old Alicia Tubman with several counts, including homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence for the fiery death of three-year-old Jayla Cook.
 
On January 11, Tubman was driving a Toyota Highlander north on Braselton Highway.  She lost control of the vehicle while driving around a curve.  The vehicle went off the road and crashed into a fire hydrant before catching on fire. Witnesses were able to get Tubman out of the car, but were unable to rescue the little girl because the vehicle was already engulfed in flames.  Jayla cook died at the scene.
 
Tubman was taken to the hospital and treated for burns.
 
At the time of the accident, Tubman’s blood alcohol concentration was more than three times the legal limit of 0.08. Police are still waiting for the results of additional toxicology tests. In addition to homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence, Tubman has also been charged with cruelty to children, reckless driving, reckless conduct, and failure to maintain lane.
 
She is being held without bond and, if convicted, faces fines and jail time.
 

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Shane Smith
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