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Posted: March 20, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Driver charged with death of child

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Bobby Couch

The woman who was responsible for the car accident that killed 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch in November has been formally charged with his death, as well as a myriad of other infractions, including DUI.

Christina Renee Crowe, 28, of Covington, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and charged with serious injury by vehicle, open container, homicide by vehicle first degree, DUI/endangering a child under 14, improper lane change, DUI/alcohol and vehicles to drive on the right side of the roadway.

According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jeremiah Slayton, Crowe was driving her vehicle south on Ga. Highway 162. Evidence showed that she travelled off the side of the road, overcorrected and then went across both lanes of traffic before finally running off the shoulder of the road and striking a tree. The point of impact to Crowe’s car was the right rear portion of the vehicle where Couch was seated at the time.

Crowe reportedly told friends in an e-mail that she came around a curve in the road and saw another vehicle coming toward her in her lane. The e-mail allegedly indicated she swerved to avoid a collision with that vehicle.

But according to Slayton, the area where the accident occurred is a straightaway and witnesses in the area during the time reported there was no other vehicle in the area.

Crowe, her young daughter and Couch’s younger brother were all sent to Atlanta hospitals by life flight after the accident. She reportedly suffered a broken shoulder and various surface injuries, 4-year-old James Couch needed stitches and had several bumps and bruises and Crowe’s daughter reportedly suffered a head injury and had to have brain surgery performed to remove one of her frontal skull bones to alleviate swelling. Bobby was transported to Newton Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Initially no charges were brought against Crowe. It is unclear why it has taken four months for charges to be forthcoming.

Crowe bonded out of the Newton County Detention Center Wednesday on a $9,500 property bond.

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