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Woman charged in pedestrian's death
Victim was struck while checking mail Monday night
Melissa Radcliffe
Melissa 'Lisa' Justice Radcliffe, 57, of 90 Pine Ridge Road, Covington, was arrested Monday, June 11, 2018, and charged with first-degree vehicular homicide.

COVINGTON, Ga. — A woman who was struck by a car while checking the mail has died, and the driver was charged and arrested.

The Georgia State Patrol responded to an incident at about 7 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Georgia 212 in unincorporated Covington. The GSP said an eastbound GMC Envoy struck a pedestrian who was checking the mail outside her home.

Death Notice

Lori Spangler, 48, of Covington, died Monday, June 11.

Services will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Loganville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

She was later identified as 48-year-old Lori Spangler.

The driver of the SUV lost control for an unknown reason and exited the south edge of the road. The vehicle then struck Spangler, who became lodged under the SUV while it continued to slide until coming to an uncontrolled stop against some trees.

Coroner Tommy Davis said Spangler was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where she died Monday night.

Trooper 1st Class William Thomas arrested 57-year-old Melissa “Lisa” Justice Radcliffe, of 90 Pine Ridge Road, Covington, at the scene.

Radcliffe was booked into the Newton County Detention Center and charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle, a felony, and driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage and endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol, all misdemeanors.

Radcliffe did not return a call seeking comment.

Bonds totaling $33,200 were set. Radcliffe bonded out of the county jail Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services for Spangler will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Loganville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home.

Managing Editor Jackie Gutknecht contributed to this report.