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Covington man jailed in November crash that killed child
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COVINGTON, Ga. – Authorities arrested a Covington man Wednesday on multiple charges, including homicide by vehicle, for November crash that killed a child visiting his grandmother.

Karlrio Royce Kelsey, 34, was booked into the Newton County Jail Jan. 2, 42 days after he allegedly crashed his 1997 Dodge Ram into a Kirkland Court home killing 12-year-old Braydon Stevenson. Lucas Mcwilliams, also 12, was injured.

According to a November Newton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Kelsey was traveling east on Kirkland Road when he lost control of his truck, left the roadway twice, and traveled 82 feet across a yard before striking the closed garage door of the house. The boys were in the garage looking for a pet hamster that had gotten loose.

The truck reportedly struck Williams and the driver’s side of a Toyota Sienna parked in the garage and pushed the Sienna into Stevenson, pinning him under the vehicle.

In addition to felony homicide by vehicle charges, Kelsey is also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, serious injury by vehicle and improper lane usage.

According to the NCSO website, Kelsey remained jailed Friday afternoon with a $41,000 bond.

Editor and Publisher Jackie Gutknecht contributed to this report.