NWGA Scanner | June 15th, 2021

Second teenager charged with DUI, vehicular homicide in fatal Murray County crash

According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, at around 4:15 AM, a 2011 Ford F-150 being driven by Seth Nathaniel Mathis, 19, of Chatsworth, was traveling west on Mill Creek Road. Mathis was negotiating a left curve when he lost control. The Ford left the roadway off the north shoulder and traveled down an embankment before striking two trees with the passenger side. The right rear passenger Emmerie Grace Kilpatrick, 19, of Chatsworth, was partially ejected and suffered fatal injuries. The vehicle came to a final rest facing west off the north shoulder of Mill Creek Road. According to Murray County Jail records, Seth Nathaniel Mathis was charged by the Georgia State Patrol with first-degree vehicular homicide, failure to report an accident resulting in injury or death, DUI, reckless driving, open container violation, driving without insurance, furnishing alcohol to a minor, misdemeanor willful obstruction of law enforcement, false statement or writing, improper lane change, and a seatbelt violation. The first phone call for help was made at 4:28 AM, after the occupants walked for a reported hour to get cellphone service. On Wednesday, Whitney Danielle Thomas, 17, of Chatsworth, was charged by the Georgia State Patrol as well with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI (less safe), furnishing/purchasing of alcoholic beverages by persons below legal age, improper lane change/failure to maintain lane, driving without insurance and a seat belts violation. She was released from jail on a $5,000 bond with conditions. According to the District Attorney, no charges against Thomas have been dropped as of Tuesday. According to arrest records, Mathis has previous DUI arrest.