Kathleen man charged with vehicular homicide in four-wheeler crash

WARNER ROBINS -- A 19-year-old Kathleen man has been charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree in the Aug. 9 crash involving two four-wheelers on Ga. 247 near the Pulaski County line.

Clayton Mitchell Reeves also was charged with failure to render aid, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, failure to report an accident, aggressive driving and driving too fast for conditions, a Houston County sheriff’s arrest and booking report showed.

The remainder of the charges against him were driving without insurance, defective equipment, operating a motor vehicle without a helmet and driving without a tag, the report stated.

Willis Walton Varner, 23, of Kathleen, was killed in the crash. Reeves was located after leaving the scene and taken to Houston Medical Center for road rash and other minor injuries, Houston County sheriff’s Cpl. Sean Alexander previously said.

The two four wheelers were traveling side-by-side along Ga. 247 when there was contact between the vehicles, causing both to crash and flip over, Alexander said. The wreck happened at 2:40 a.m. near the intersection with Kovac Road. Varner died several minutes later on scene, Alexander said.

Reeves was granted a $10,000 bond by Superior Court Judge Edward D. Lukemire. Reeves had not posted bond as of late Thursday afternoon.

A felony vehicular homicide in the first degree carries a sentencing range of three to 15 years in prison.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.