Kingsland police: Semi driver charged with vehicular homicide after running red light, striking Prius

47-year-old Prius passenger from New York died at ER, police say

Kingsland Police Department (WJXT)

An arrest has been made about a month and a half after a person was killed in a crash last month involving a semitruck and a car in Kingsland, police said.

Shortly before 6 a.m. Nov. 2, according to the Kingsland Police Department, officers responded to a crash involving a semitractor-trailer and a Toyota Prius at the intersection of Georgia 40 and the southbound ramp to Interstate 95. Kingsland Fire Rescue and Camden County Fire Rescue removed and transported all three occupants of the Prius to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Camden Campus.

The front seat passenger of the Prius, a 47-year-old from New York, died at the emergency room as a result of injuries suffered in the crash, police said. The rear seat passenger of the Prius was later taken to UF Health Jacksonville and remained hospitalized at last check, according to police.

The condition of the Prius driver was not immediately clear.

During the investigation, according to the Police Department, officers obtained surveillance video from nearby businesses showing the driver of the semi entering the intersection on “a solid red light.” Police said the semi struck the passenger side of the Prius as the car driver attempted to turn left onto southbound I-95.

On Dec. 18, police said, they arrested the semi driver, a 54-year-old man from Folkston, Georgia, on one count of second-degree homicide by vehicle, as well as running a red light.

Police said he was booked into the Camden County jail and released the next day on bond.

In Georgia, according to police, second-degree vehicular homicide is a misdemeanor charge, so News4JAX has opted not to name the semi driver.