An Austell father will serve time behind bars for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing the January 2018 fatal crash that killed his 11-year-old son.
Adrian Cornell Hyde, 38, will serve a total of 15 years, with the first four years in custody and the remainder on probation, as part of a sentence under first offender provisions handed down by Cobb Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole. Pleading guilty on Tuesday, Hyde had been charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, endangering a child while driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and open container.
The crash occurred at Brownsville Road, east of McEachern Way in Powder Springs, after Hyde failed to negotiate a curve and collided with a tree just after 11 p.m. Jan. 13, 2018, according to a Cobb Magistrate Court warrant. It led to the death three days later of Hyde’s son, 11-year-old Simeon, identified by a GoFundMe page that had been set up last year to help cover funeral expenses.
Simeon had been sitting in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle at the time of the crash. Surviving the impact were Hyde and his older son, who was 13 at the time and had been sitting in the vehicle’s front passenger seat.
Hyde had “the strong odor of alcoholic beverage about his person” detected by an EMT on the scene following the crash, according to the warrant issued July 12 of last year. Investigators after the crash found a bottle of gin in the glove box of the black 2009 Mazda CX-7 Hyde had been driving, the warrant said.
Medical records obtained by a search warrant showed Hyde had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit of 0.08 grams, according to the warrant.