A Rockmart teen who attends school in Rome was killed, another is in critical condition and a third was jailed following a late night wreck in Cedartown.
Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier said 15-year-old Kemarion Washington was pronounced dead in the Polk Medical Center emergency room following lifesaving efforts for more than an hour at 11:48 p.m. on Thursday night. His 12-year-old brother Brent Washington remains at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston following surgery in critical condition, Brazier added.
“Our thoughts are with the Washington family and all of those affected by this loss and injury,” a statement by Rome City Schools stated.
Kemarion Washington, a rising tenth grade student at Rome High School, and his brother Brent Washington, a rising seventh grader Rome Middle School, were both passengers in a Nissan Rogue traveling at 70 mph in a 35 mph zone on Kimwood Drive around 11 p.m. when the vehicle struck a cement and brick mailbox nearly head on. The vehicle flipped several times according to the Georgia State Patrol.
The residents at 296 Kimwood Drive immediately called 911 for help, and went out to see what they could do.
The driver, 18-year-old Steven Kyle Timms of 108 Perry St., Cedartown, was extricated from the vehicle along with the Washington brothers and 17-year-old Devin Maddox by Cedartown Fire and Rescue. Both Washington brothers were rushed to area hospitals for treatment, where Kemarion died and Brent was later life flighted for emergency surgery to Atlanta.
“We’re asking for prayers for his family at this time,” Brazier said.
Maddox and Timms were not injured, according to the GSP.
Timms remains in custody for felony charges of homicide by vehicle in the first degree and serious injury by vehicle, along with misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana contributing to the deprivation of a minor, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, a seat belt violation and driving too fast for conditions.