VALDOSTA -- A Lowndes County grand jury indicted two Valdosta men for vehicular homicide more than a year after the two-vehicle accident they were in killed a man.

John W. Nasworthy and George A. Robinson, 34 and 56 respectively at the time of the April 4, 2003 accident, are both indicted for vehicular homicide and misdemeanor DUI alcohol/drugs.

Nasworthy is also charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and failure to yield the right of way.

Jerry Courson, 47, of Valdosta, who was a passenger in a 1995 Ford Ranger driven by Nasworthy, died at the scene.

Robinson, a Lowndes County government employee for 35 years at the time, was driving a county-owned 1993 Ford F-150. After flushing a water line, he was returning north on U.S. 41.

Nasworthy and Courson were heading south on Highway 41 and turned at Inner Perimeter Road. The Ford Ranger was struck in the passenger's side by the F-150 driven by Robinson, police reports said.

Nasworthy failed to yield the right of way, according to reports. Reports also stated neither Nasworthy nor Courson wore seat belts.

Robinson retired from his county job the day after the accident, said Paige Dukes, public information officer for Lowndes County.

The Valdosta Daily Times reported in April 2003 that Robinson had a prior alcohol-related incident in 1991 where he was cited for drinking on the job and required to attend alcohol counseling sessions.

To contact Tanya B. O'Berry, call 244-3400, ext. 239.

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