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August 19, 2007

Moultrie -- A 62-year-old husband, father and grandfather is killed after state troopers say he was struck by an underage drunk driver.

Cecil Bowers was walking his dog just before 7 AM Saturday morning when an 18-year-old driver over corrected a turn, hitting the Moultrie man and his dog.

Both Bower's and his dog died from injuries sustained from the impact.

Bower's daughter said her dad was just getting ready to retire. He had recently purchased his dream car, a Corvette. She also said he had been walking three miles a day to stay in shape so that he could someday see his 2-year-old granddaughter graduate from high school.

Tire marks along Old Timey Trail indicate where 18-year-old Carson Spivey lost control of his Jeep Cherokee, which fatally struck Bowers and his dog right outside of his home.

"He was negotiating a curve. He veered off the curb of the road and struck an elderly gentleman who was walking his dog. The point of impact was in the subject's driveway. The pedestrian was pronounced dead a couple of hours later at the hospital," said Cpl. John VanLandingham, Georgia State Patrol.

But troopers say that prior to the fatal accident, Spivey had been drinking. He now faces a list of charges and is currently being held in the Colquitt County Jail without bond.

"Mr. Spivey has been charged with first degree vehicular homicide, DUI, also there is a charge of failure to maintain lane, and underage consumption of alcohol," said VanLandingham.

While driving under the influence is illegal at any age, underage drunk driving, as in this case, can prove deadly.

VanLandingham says, "First of all, if you're under 21, it's illegal to drink. In the state of Georgia, the legal limit if you are under 21 is .02%. This subject was considerably higher than that. If you have any doubts about your ability to drive, you should make a judgement call and not drive at all."

A broken mailbox, a torn down road sign, and scattered debris - now a grim reminder of an accident that will forever change the life of one Moultrie man whose actions claimed the life of another.

Bowers was pronounced dead at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville.

GSP says their Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team will further investigate the fatal accident.

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