NWGA Scanner | August 2nd, 2022

Silver Creek arrested on vehicular homicide and DUI charges after fatal crash in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On July 16th, 2022, at 11:33 PM, Officer Kelsi Wade responded to Pleasant Valley Road at Mathis Road in reference to a crash with injury. When the officer arrived, she observed Fire and EMS working on the victim Tiffany Elaine Riseden, 38. The officer observed the driver Grant Daniel Virgil, 54, of Silver Creek, pacing the scene near the vehicle. Grant informed the officer that a man “Bradley” was driving the vehicle, and he fled on foot northbound into the wood-line on Pleasant Valley. Officer Wade reportedly, “[I] instantly smelled a strong odor of alcohol protruding from Grant’s breath. [I] observed the vehicle with severe damage to the hood, bed, and all the rear windows were broken. There was shattered glass that covered the entire rear bench seat. [I] also located a box of beer behind the passenger seat that was approximately half empty sitting next to a yellow Igloo cooler.” Grant’s story about “Bradley” changed several times throughout the investigation. Captain Johnson and Officer Lanier arrived on the scene to assist. The officer observed two tree’s with significant damage to them, and that vehicle had severe damage to the far right rear. Officers were informed that by a witness, “when she pulled up all she saw was those two and Grant got out and was stumbling saying ‘she was driving, she was driving'” Officer Wade reported, “While Grant was explaining the situation to me, he made the statement “I always wear my seatbelt.” Grant then raised his shirt where [I] saw a bruise beginning to surface from his left shoulder across his chest that would appear to have come from a seatbelt.” Further investigation confirmed that Grant was, in fact, the driver. According to Grant’s statements, Riseden was sitting on the bed of the truck. Grant was unsure why she was sitting in the bed of the vehicle. Grant was read Georgia’s Implied Consent for Age 21 and over. Grant refused the chemical testing of his blood. According to the report, “Search warrants were taken out for Grant’s cell phone, the black box of the truck, and Grant’s blood from the hospital.” Officer Wade reported, “[I] was notified that Riseden was pronounced deceased on July 23rd, 2022. Judge Richardson signed Grant’s arrest warrant for Homicide by Vehicle in the First Degree on July 27th, 2022, at approximately 4:00 PM.” On July 27th, at 10:38 PM, Officer Wade arrested Grant at 722 Abrams Road in Silver Creek. Grant was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with reckless driving, driving without a license, failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions (basic rules), duty to report an accident resulting in death, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, willful obstruction or hindrance of firefighter, DUI driving under the influence of alcohol homicide by vehicle in 1st-degree felony, and serious injury by vehicle.