Milledgeville man charged in head-on crash that killed his passenger

A Milledgeville man was charged in a fatal head-on crash that happened earlier this month when he tried to elude a Georgia State Patrol trooper.

Carl Barnard Justice, 23, faces charges including vehicular homicide, reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle, and eluding police in connection with the Oct. 11 crash in Milledgeville, according to an updated crash report that The Telegraph obtained Tuesday from the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Taboris Macell Wright died at the Medical Center, Navicent Health, after being taken there by helicopter. His funeral was Saturday at Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.

The 25-year-old was a passenger in Justice’s 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis that a trooper tried to stop for a seat-belt violation, according to the State Patrol.

Justice did not stop for the blue lights as he turned from North Jefferson Street onto Dunlap Road. On a curve and in a no-passing zone, Justice tried to pass another car and struck a Toyota pickup truck head-on, the State Patrol said.

Justice and the driver of the truck were injured and taken to a hospital.

Laura Corley: 478-744-4334, @Lauraecor