By Patrick Yost, Editor
A 51-year-old Monroe woman was indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury last week on two counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree in a Jan. 28 wreck that claimed the life of her 4-year-old grandson.
Cynthia Lynn Miller was also indicted for two counts of serious injury by vehicle, one count of drug container violation, nine counts of driving under the influence, one count failure to maintain lane and one count seatbelt violation.
According to the indictments, Miller was “then and there under the influence of a combination of drugs, to wit: lorazepam, diazepam, nodiazepam, hydrocodone, ocycodone, diphenhydramine, venlafaxine and trazodone, to the extent that it was less safe to do so, contrary to the laws of the State of Georgia…” Miller was driving a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle south on Georgia Highway 83 when she lost control of the vehicle, overcorrected and eventually struck a pine tree with the rear of the vehicle. Joshua Allen Cole, 4, was in a booster seat in the backseat of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Morgan County Coroner Adam Carter. A front-seat passenger in the vehicle, 33-year-old Brandy Malcom, also sustained serious injuries in the crash, according to Sgt. Justin Howard, Georgia State Patrol. Howard said Malcom suffered spine injuries and was paralyzed. The indictment further alleges that Miller had three oxycodone pills and four hydrocodone pills in the inside of a cigarette purse in the vehicle.