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Man charged with vehicular homicide after death of Jones County woman

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A man arrested for DUI and serious injury after a four-vehicle wreck is now being charged with vehicular homicide.

Betty Jackson, 74, succumbed to her injuries this morning, according to Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence.

According to an earlier story in The Eatonton Messenger, Brandon Rashad Boss, 21, of Decatur, was traveling southbound on the U.S. Hwy. 441 Eatonton Bypass right where the highway changes from two lanes to four. Boss crossed over into the northbound lane and sideswiped a Jeep Liberty, driven by Jordan Rigdon, 18, of Loganville, causing the Jeep to spin around into the southbound lane. The Jeep Liberty was T-boned on the passenger side by a Chevrolet Impala, driven by 74-year-old Betty Jackson, of Round Oak, a community in Jones County.

Meanwhile, Boss’s Honda continued to travel in the northbound lane and hit a Toyota Highlander being driven by Terry Rigdon, age 59, of Loganville. The impact caused the Highlander to go off the road and flip over on its side.

The driver and passenger of the Toyota Highlander were the parents of the driver and passenger of the Jeep Liberty. All four family members were reportedly taken by ambulance to Piedmont Athens Regional hospital for treatment.

The report states that Jackson was not seatbelted in her Chevrolet Impala and received critical injuries. She was flown by AirEvac to Medical Center, Navicent Health hospital in Macon. She was listed in serious condition Tuesday, according to hospital spokesperson Megan Allen.

Boss, of Emerald Fall Drive, Decatur, was originally charged with DUI-drugs, failure to maintain lane and serious injury by vehicle.