Driver told officers she’d drank half of a long-pour margarita, smoked meth before accident that saw 4-year-old ejected

Published 10:06 pm Monday, April 3, 2023

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More details are now known in a DUI-charged accident on Hogansville Road where a 4-year-old was ejected from the vehicle, including the driver’s identity.

Courtney Hickman, 31, of Hogansville, was charged with serious injury by vehicle, intoxicated/impaired driver, safety restraint violation (under 8 years of age), failure to maintain lane, use of safety belts in passenger vehicles and DUI/any combination of alcohol, drugs/toxic vapor/less safe, according to the Georgia State Patrol report.

GSP responded to the crash on Hogansville Road. While in route, GSP had been informed by Troup County 911 that it had received a call in reference to a physical domestic dispute occurring between two occupants of a white Honda Pilot on Hogansville Road.

The accident occurred when the 2003 Honda Pilot Hickman was driving traveled off the east shoulder of the road. The driver overcorrected and traveled across the lanes of travel before running off the roadway and entering the west shoulder. The vehicle then struck the west ditch with its front end before coming to a final rest in the middle of the roadway.

When GSP arrived, the vehicle was in the middle of the roadway, with two adult occupants inside. The 4-year-old was laying on the East shoulder of the roadway after being ejected from the vehicle. GSP says in the report that it discovered the child was not restrained during the collision.

GSP officers detected the odor of alcohol on Hickman and observed her pupils were “pinpoint” in size, according to the report. She was also grinding her teeth while seated in the vehicle.

Hickman told officers she had consumed half of a “long pour margarita from Longhorns” and made the statement that she had smoked methamphetamine prior to the collision, according to the report.

Hickman was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital due to her injuries.

Hickman provided a breath sample, and the results were positive for the presence of alcohol (0.051), per the report. She agreed to a request for a chemical test of her blood, but the test was unable to be completed at the hospital due to Hickman’s injuries, per the report.

The 4-year-old was taken to Egleston by air evac. Another passenger, 39-yearold Edward Kitchens, was taken by AMR to Wellstar LaGrange.

No immediate update was available on the injuries sustained in the accident. Neither adult passenger made any statement about the alleged altercation that 911 had received a call about, according to GSP.