The Gordon County grand jury has issued an indictment against a Calhoun woman accused of driving drunk, which resulted in the death a woman who was at a mailbox.
Wanda Pat Hogan was 50-years-old on Friday, May 23, the day she allegedly struck 65-year-old JoAnna Hickman, who was on the side of a neighborhood road.
Hickman was in town from Augusta visiting family, her daughter, Shannon Smith, told the Calhoun Times in July. Hickman had been preparing cards of encouragement for the sick and shut-ins and had walked to the mailbox to mail them about 11:30 a.m.
As Hickman arrived at the mailbox, the blue Dodge Neon SXT Hogan was driving traveled off Ga. Highway 53 onto Blackwood Place, where the Smith’s lived, allegedly at a high rate of speed, according to the Georgia State Patrol incident report. The car hit Hickman, knocking her about 52 feet into the air.
A GSP spokesman said Hogan’s car continued down the street and struck several mailboxes, traveled into residential yards and finally hit a tree.
Hickman was airlifted for medical treatment, but died at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.
Hogan was transported to Gordon Hospital and charged with homicide by vehicle and DUI.
She now faces four counts of first-degree homicide by vehicle and four counts of DUI, according to the Gordon County Clerk of Superior Court.
The grand jury also issued indictments against other defendants. See the Nov. 22 issue of the Calhoun Times.