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ASU student charged with DUI vehicular homicide

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A court appearance will happen Thursday for an Albany State student charged with DUI vehicular homicide. 23-year-old year old Amber Marrie Brown slammed her car into an Albany street sweeper early Wednesday on the Liberty Expressway, then lost control. Her passenger was killed.

Just hours before the start of the July 4th travel period, the Liberty Bypass the site of a deadly DUI crash early Wednesday.

"She struck the street sweeper which was parked in the emergency lane. After striking the vehicle then lost control and crossed over the median and came to rest on the guard rail," said APD Media Manager Phyllis Banks.

Her passenger, 28-year-old Damian Antoine Johnson, a former Albany State student, died at the scene.

Brown, who still attends ASU, was taken to the hospital for observation but is now in jail. "The investigation is continuing. Ms. Brown was is in the hospital under doctor's care but charges are forthcoming," Banks said.

Brown is charged with DUI, vehicular homicide and several other traffic violations.

This crash is the 4th traffic fatality in Albany in less than 2 weeks and the second since Sunday. Police are urging motorists to be cautious during the upcoming holiday travel period.

"Honestly we're hoping to have a quieter 4th of July holiday period because we've frankly seen enough fatalities in the past 11 days,"' Banks said.

Now two young people, one of them dead, the other in jail. A grim reminder of how dangerous the roads can be at anytime of day.

Police say the driver of the street sweeper, 29-year-old Eldric Coleman was not injured. Police say both Johnson and Brown are from the Atlanta area.

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Officials have charged Amber Marie Kelly Brown, 23 with vehicular homicide after a deadly crash early Wednesday morning. It happened on the Liberty Expressway around 2:50 a.m.

Albany Police say driver Amber Marie Kelly Brown, 23, and passenger Damian Antoine Johnson, 28, were traveling west in a Chevy Impala just south of the Clark Avenue ramp when the car hit the back of a street sweeper parked in the emergency lane.

The driver then lost control of the vehicle, driving across the median and hit a guard rail.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Brown is in the Dougherty County Jail after being treated at Phoebe Hospital.

According to a report, Johnson was a former Albany State University student, and Brown is a current ASU student. Both are from the Atlanta area.

Brown is also charged with Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Expired License, DUI Refusal, DUI Less Safe, and Seatbelt Violation.

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A deadly accident in East Albany has left one man dead and a woman injured early Wednesday morning.

It happened on the Liberty Expressway around 2:50 a.m.

Albany Police say driver Amber Marie Kelly Brown, 23, and passenger Damian Antoine Johnson, 28, were traveling west in a Chevy Impala just south of the Clark Avenue ramp when the car hit the back of a street sweeper parked in the emergency lane.

The driver then lost control of the vehicle, driving across the median and hit a guard rail.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Brown was taken to Phoebe Hospital for treatment.

Officials say charges are pending in the crash.

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