Warner Robins teen charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in dune buggy crash

Staff reportSeptember 4, 2013 

Joshua Ryals

WARNER ROBINS -- A 17-year-old has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in a June 21 dune buggy crash in Houston County, sheriff’s reports show.

Joshua Lewis Ryals, of Warner Robins, faces a Sept. 19 hearing in State Court on that and other misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct, driving while unlicensed, violating the seat belt law and driving too fast for conditions, according to his arrest and booking report.

Passenger Theresa Bridges, 16, of Warner Robins, was taken to Houston Medical Center where she died the night of the single-vehicle crash.

According to sheriff’s reports, Ryals was driving a 2006 China-Joyner Dune Buggy west on Davis Drive when he attempted to turn left onto Minick Street at about 3:40 p.m. He was “traveling too fast for the conditions of his ability and roadway geometry,” the accident report stated.

The vehicle skidded 47.5 feet on the roadway and then 22 feet on the grass before turning over and then traveling another 24.5 feet before coming to rest, the accident report stated.

Ryals and Bridges were ejected from the vehicle. Neither was wearing proper restraints, a sheriff’s news release stated.

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