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December 21, 2013

Two charged after deadly wreck

--- — Two men have been arrested and charged following the investigation into a deadly wreck in Lanier County earlier this month.

At approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10,  a 2008 Ford F150 with four occupants was traveling on Studstill Road north of Lakeland when the vehicle ran off the road, struck a ditch and collided with a tree, according to Sgt. Carl Taylor with Georgia State Patrol.

After the crash, the driver and a male passenger reportedly fled the scene while the two female passengers stayed in the vehicle. Law enforcement employed a K9 unit to track the men and they were discovered in the woods near the crash scene, according to Taylor.

After complaining of injuries, the driver and male passenger were transported for medical treatment but were taken into custody and charged later that day.

One of the passengers, Shannon McCullough, 18, of Lakeland, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another female passenger was injured and transferred for medical treatment.

Preliminary reports indicated that alcohol and speed may have played a role in the incident, and charges filed against the driver and a passenger reflect that.

The driver of the vehicle, Brian Robert Anderson, 24, of Woodbridge, Va., was charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to provide assistance and driving too fast for conditions.

Anderson initially refused to consent to a blood test, and officers had to seek a warrant to obtain a sample. Investigators are waiting for the results, according to Taylor.

A passenger, Shebuel Ben Abel Stephens, 25, of Dunlop, Tenn., was charged with failure to report an accident resulting in injury, death or damage.

Anderson and Stephens are currently out on bond, according to booking reports.

The GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is continuing to offer assistance in the investigation of the incident.

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