Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident involving an overturned Jeep Wrangler on Highway 92 just west of Wade Green Road on April 13, 2018 at 11:51p.m. Both the driver, Paul Barnes 26 years of age of Acworth, and the passenger Jerry Nikkole Acklin 22 years of age of Acworth, were ejected from the vehicle and later transported to local hospitals. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time as we are awaiting test results from the GBI Crime Lab.
Update: While the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit was investigating this accident the passenger, Jerry Nikkole Acklin, succumbed to her injuries on April 19, 2018. Upon conclusion of the investigation the driver of the vehicle, Paul Barnes, was arrested on July 21, 2018. Barnes was charged with Vehicular Homicide 1st Degree, Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Seat Belt Violation and Possession of Controlled Substance. Barnes was booked in and released on a bond of $16,906.