An Atlanta man who crashed into two Calhoun brothers stopped along Interstate 75 was jailed on Thursday after one of the injured men died, according to Marietta police and Cobb jail records.
William Headen, 29, is charged with one felony count of first-degree homicide by vehicle, jail records show.
Headen’s charges follow the July 31 crash at the Canton Road Connector’s entrance ramp to I-75 southbound that left brothers Ricky and Larry Bradford with life-threatening injuries, according to Officer Jared Rakestraw, a spokesman from the Marietta Police Department.
Rakestraw said Ricky Bradford and his brother, 60-year-old Larry Bradford were struck by Headen’s 2016 Hyundai Sonata as they attempted to pull a 1994 Ford F-150 onto a trailer pulled by a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado in the dividing area between the Canton Road Connector entrance ramp to I-75 and the highway itself.
As Ricky Bradford stood partially in the F-150 steering it onto the Silverado’s trailer and his brother stood in front of the F-150 preparing to lift it onto the trailer with a winch, Headen’s vehicle struck the back of the F-150, throwing Ricky Bradford to the ground and slamming the truck into Larry Bradford, Rakestraw said.
During an investigation of the crash, Rakestraw said police discovered Headen had been attempting to illegally pass slower traffic and merge onto I-75 earlier than what is allowed. He said Headen was passing slower traffic in the dividing area between the ramp and highway when the 29-year-old’s vehicle struck the F-150.
The Hyundai Sonata then spun into the far-right lane of the highway into the pathway of other traffic, Rakestraw said.
He said Ricky and Larry Bradford were transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital following the crash, and the younger brother was later released. Ricky Bradford’s condition worsened over time, and the 64-year-old died on Sunday, Rakestraw said.
Headen sustained minor injuries and was also transported to WellStar Kennestone following the crash but was later released. He is being held at the Cobb jail on a $45,000 bond, jail records show.
The Marietta Police Department is still actively investigating the collision, and anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Nick St. Onge at 770-794-5352.