NWGA Scanner | September 22nd, 2021

Chatsworth man charged with DUI and vehicular homicide in connection with June crash in Murray County

According to a Georgia State Patrol vehicle crash report, around 5:27 p.m. on June 14 a 1999 Mazda B2500 driven by Adam Lamar Harrington, 41, of Chatsworth was traveling north on Smyrna Ramhurst Road attempting to negotiate a curve. A 2013 Hyundai Genesis driven by Billy Ray Burke, 37, of Chatsworth, was traveling north behind the Mazda. According to the report, the report, the Hyundai “traveled halfway into the southbound lane” and “struck the rear” of the Mazda with its front. After the impact, the Mazda rotated clockwise, overturning off the east side of the roadway and struck a culvert, causing it to vault, striking a tree with its left side. According to the report, It came to an uncontrolled final rest facing north off the east side of the roadway. The Hyundai then rotated counterclockwise, traveling off the west side of the roadway, striking three mailboxes with its right side. After hitting the mailboxes, the Hyundai struck a boulder with its right side causing it to overturn, coming to an uncontrolled final rest upright facing west off the west side of the roadway. Harrington was pronounced dead at the scene. Burke and a passenger in the Mazda, James Martin, 18, of Rossville, were both airlifted to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga. was booked into the Murray County Jail last week charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, and reckless driving.  He remains in jail Wednesday.