January auto accident leads to fatality charges

After months of investigation, a Fayetteville woman is behind bars and charged with two misdemeanor counts of vehicular homicide and one charge of failure to maintain lane.

Shirley Long, 78, faces the charges in connection with a January 18 accident that resulted in the deaths of Dakota Berry, 24, of College Park and Tiffany Wentz, 38, of Stockbridge.

According to the crash report supplied by the Georgia State Patrol, Long was traveling south in the southbound lane of Ga. Highway 92, near Gingercake Road near 5 p.m. Jan. 18.

Another vehicle was stopped in the acceleration lane from Gingercake Road onto Hwy. 92 facing south. Two pedestrians were also standing on the driver’s side of the second vehicle.

Long failed to maintain her lane and struck the vehicle in the acceleration lane and the continued south where it struck and fatally wounded Barry and Wentz.

The report said Long agreed to a blood test. The report indicates Long tested positive for the antidepressant Venlafaxine and another antidepressant.