NWGA Scanner | April 19th, 2021
A Dalton woman pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield in connection with a crash that killed a Rocky Face motorcyclist in December 2019. According to District Attorney Bert Poston, Emma Hayde Medina-Gonzalez was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Scott Minter to 12 months probation, a $1,000 fine plus court costs and surcharges,100 hours of community service, and probation fees, and she must complete a defensive driving course at her own expense. According to a Dalton Police Department report, on Dec. 26, 2019, shortly after 12:30 PM, a Toyota Camry being driven by Emma Hayde Medina-Gonzalez, 64, of Dalton, was traveling east on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard toward Fields Avenue. Gonzalez attempted to make a left-hand turn to head north on Fields Avenue when it struck the motorcycle’s front left side with its front. The motorcycle being driven by Ernest Robert McBryar, 43, of Rocky Face, was traveling west through the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Fields Avenue when it was struck by the Camry. A witness to the crash told investigators McBryar had a green light, was not speeding and saw Medina-Gonzalez turn in front of McBryar. McBryar was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he passed away. McBryar was employed as a truck driver with Sierra Express and served in the U.S. Marine Corps, according to an online obituary. Under Georgia law, second-degree vehicular homicide is a non-intentional death resulting from a traffic violation other than DUI, reckless driving, and other violations. It is a misdemeanor charge punishable by no more than a year in jail.