Police say charges expected in man’s death after crash
by MDJ Staff
January 24, 2014 12:00 AM | 2272 views | 4 4 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Cobb Police on Thursday reported the death of an 86-year-old Marietta man who had been injured in a Jan. 11 car crash in Kennesaw.

The crash occurred at about 3 p.m. in the intersection of Chastain Road and Chastain Meadows Parkway.

More than a week later, Dexter Leslie, 86, of Marietta died Jan. 19 as a result of injuries he suffered in the collision.

Traffic investigators believe 84-year-old Maxine Clark of Kennesaw was driving a gold 2005 Toyota Corolla with Leslie in the front passenger seat when she tried to turn left from westbound Chastain Road onto southbound Chastain Meadows Parkway. She reportedly turned in front of a green 1999 Mercury Mountaineer sport utility vehicle, which was traveling eastbound on Chastain Road.

The right front of the Toyota collided with the left front of the SUV.

The driver of the Mercury was identified as 67-year-old Kenneth D. Arneaud of Kennesaw. He was not injured in the crash.

Both Clark and Leslie were transported by ambulance to Grady Hospital. Leslie, sitting on the passenger side, took the brunt of the collision, said Sgt. Dana Pierce, Cobb Police spokesman.

Pierce said it was not raining or foggy at the time and he’s not sure what caused the woman driving the Toyota to fail to yield the right of way while making her left-hand turn.

Investigators are expecting to file charges, Pierce said. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call (770) 499-3987.

Georgia law has first and second degree vehicular homicide charges that can result whenever a death is caused by a driver breaking a traffic law.

Pierce said Leslie’s injuries did not seem severe enough to be life threatening at the time of the crash, and police only found out later he had “taken a turn for the worse.”

“We reported it as a delayed fatality crash,” he said, in explaining the amount of time between the death and when the media was notified.

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Leslie K
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January 27, 2014
I know for a fact that Ms. Clark and Mr.Leslie loved each other unconditionally and were completely devoted to each other. Maxine should not have been driving that is true. But it was an accident.Her insurance should pay his medical and funeral expenses and that is it. I have known the Leslie family since the 1970's. When his devoted daughter asked him to move to her home in Florida his reply was " I will die without Maxine". Surely Cobb County has bigger fish to fry.
Nurse Erica
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January 30, 2014
Unless she has $500,000 in coverage (most elderly people don't) don't count on it. The article states that the wreck took place on the 11th and he died about a week later. If he was in ICU at Grady, which I assume he was, it can run up to $100,000 a day depending on treatment. I'm a nurse in the ICU at Kennesaw. My husband is a GSP officer. The family doesn't have anything to do with the charges. That's up to the state.
jagger baby
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January 24, 2014
This is why we need to be testing the elderly when they get to certain ages. I have witnessed this so many times, where they dont seem to look both ways before turning. There is such a thing as dementia and it can be hard to detect at first and if you think an elderly person is going to admit that there could be something wrong then you are fooling yourself. They dont want to give up their independence and I cant blame them but when they become a hazard to themselves as to others then its time to act.
Concerned Family
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January 24, 2014
All his ribs were broken on the left, his sternum was cracked and most of the ribs were cracked on the right side. This collapsed his lung so a chest tube was inserted at the scene and he was taken to Grady bc its a level 1 trauma center. How could the police say his injuries didn't appear life threatening when they inserted a chest tube in an 86 year old man at the crash scene??
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