Trial Underway in Franklin County on Wreck that Killed Two People

June 20, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


Testimony is underway in the trial of James Thomas Dickson, the Franklin Springs man allegedly responsible for a wreck that killed two people and injured a third on SR17 in April 2012.

Dickson was indicted last October by a Franklin County Grand Jury on four counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, possession of Schedule IV controlled substances, driving under the influence of controlled substances, DUI less safe drugs, DUI per se, DUI less safe alcohol and driving on the wrong side of the road.

On Tuesday, Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White presented over 10 witnesses.

Among them, the jury heard testimony from Scott Smith, Unit Commander for the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Accident Investigation Team.

Smith testified at length about the investigation, using photos from the accident scene to show how troopers concluded Dickson caused the accident.

Smith said black boxes taken from the air bags in both pick ups showed the speed of both vehicles at the time of the accident.

As of Wednesday, the defense had not yet presented their case.