A 20-year-old Newton County man has been charged with eight counts of vehicular homicide after a single car wreck in May 2010 claimed the life of two men who were passengers in his vehicle.
Demario Sanchez Horton faces 14 charges, including vehicular homicide in the first and second degree, DUI and failure to wear safety belt. The charges stem from a wreck on Almon Road where Horton was the driver and his two friends were killed.
According to previous statements from a Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Horton, then 19, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala when he lost control of the vehicle, side-swiped a tree on the right side, rotated and then struck a tree on the left side of the vehicle as well before coming to a stop. Georgia State Patrol troopers ruled that speed was a factor in the crash.
The back seat passenger, 19-year-old Montavious Sorrells was not wearing a safety belt and was killed when he was ejected from the vehicle. The front passenger, 18-year-old Tony Lamar Horton Jr. also died on the scene. Horton was transported to Grady Hospital at the time.
He was arraigned on all charges Thursday.