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UPDATE: Conyers man bonds out after fatal DUI crash
Two killed, four injured
Kevin Poynter

UPDATE: The Conyers man who reportedly crashed into two cars on Interstate 20 Sunday, killing a 35 year old woman and 19 year old Covington man, bonded out of jail Tuesday.

Kevin Poynter bonded out from the Newton County Detention Center Tuesday on a $2,000 bond, according to a jail employee. The bond amount is pre-set for certain charges.

Poynter, 29, is currently facing only misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana less than one ounce and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, stemming from the crash. He is expected to face more serious charges once the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team finishes its investigation of the accident.



(Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m.) The victims killed in Sunday's crash on I-20 have been identified by the Georgia State Patrol. They are:

Tonya Curtis, 35, of Alpharetta - front seat passenger in the Toyota Camry.

Bruce Reeves, 19, of Covington - pedestrian that was hit while standing between the Toyota and the Sonic. He had been traveling in the Chevrolet Sonic.

The people injured were:

Christian Martin, 20of Vermont and the driver of the Toyota Camry who stopped to help. He is a student in Georgia.

Dezirae Boswell, 18, of Covington, passenger in the Sonic;

Timaya Belcher, 18, of Covington, driver of the Sonic;

Camesha Belcher, 18, of Covington, passenger in the Sonic;

Kevin Poynter, 29, of Conyers, driver of the Patriot.

The injured were treated and released from Newton Medical. Martin was transported by ambulance, and Boswell and the Belchers were taken to the hospital by family members. 


(Nov. 11, 1:58 p.m.) The man driving the Jeep Patriot that struck two vehicles, killing two people, had been arrested multiple times over the past year for drug and drunkeness related charges.

Kevin Poynter was arrested Nov. 7 in Covington for possession of a controlled substance, public drunkeness and other charges after he reportedly exposed himself to a woman and her 6-year-old daughter in the women's restroom at Walmart.

He bonded out on Friday, Nov. 8, paying $7,900.

A police report for the Nov. 7 arrest said Covington officers responded to Walmart at Industrial Boulevard Thursday after receiving reports that Kevin Poynter had urinated on the floor of the women's restroom and was "flashing women."

Poynter reportedly told the officer that he thought he was in the men's restroom and he didn't know he was doing anything wrong until he was approached by a loss prevention officer for the store. He denied seeing the woman and child in the restroom.

He told police he had two beers and had taken a Xanax, which he said was given to him by his neighbor. He also stated that he had an addiction to "opiates" and was going through withdrawals. He was arrested on a charge of public drunkenness.

On the way to the patrol car, the report said, a bottle with a partial label for the prescription drug lithium, for a woman named Rebecca, fell out of Poynter's pants leg. The bottle reportedly contained four oblong white pills identified as Carisoprodol.

Poynter was charged with drugs not in original container in addition to his other charges and taken to the Newton County Jail.

Poynter has also been arrested multiple times in Rockdale since 2003. His latest arrest in Rockdale was in July 2013 on a disorderly conduct and public drunkeness citation. He was held in jail for six days before bonding out for $1,500.

Poynter is currently being held at the Newton County jail. The bond for the charges he currently faces, which includes driving under the influence and posession of marijuana under one ounce, is $3,500.



(Nov. 10, 1:44 p.m.) Two people were killed and three people injured in a three-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on Interstate 20 near the Newton - Rockdale County border.

The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. on I-20 eastbound near mile marker 87 in Newton County.

The names of the victims have not been released as the next of kin are being notified on the fatalities at this time.

According to the investigating trooper, a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic ran out of fuel and was stopped on the south shoulder. A 1997 Toyota Camry had stopped to assist the driver of the Sonic and was stopped in the right travel lane.

A 2014 Jeep Patriot being driven by Kevin Poynter, 28, from Conyers struck the Camry in the rear and side-swiped the Sonic.

A pedestrian between the Sonic and the Camry was killed and a passenger in the Camry died in the crash.

Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor and blood was drawn from Poynter for analysis. Charges will be filed against Poynter. The crash remains under investigation.


Michelle Kim and Gabriel Khouli contributed to this article.