The driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a bicyclist in Dearing in June has been arrested and charged with homicide.

Sandra Curley, 35, of Goett Road in Dearing, was arrested Aug. 21 and charged homicide by vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor, for striking and killing bicyclist Anthony Cascino with her Chrysler PT Cruiser on June 11.

McDuffie County first responders were sent to the 3000 block of Ellington Airline Road, near Hobbs Mills Road, after an emergency call was received at 9:10 p.m. that a car had hit a man riding a bicycle. McDuffie County Deputy Coroner Paul Johnson identified the victim as Anthony Cascino, 40, of Dearing, and pronounced him deceased at 9:56 p.m.

According to the Georgia State Patrol trooper on scene, Curley struck Cascino from the rear of the bike he was riding and she reported that she did not see Cascino.

A Georgia State Patrol collision reconstruction team and the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating the crash and fatality since June.

Curley was booked into the McDuffie County Jail Aug. 21 and in addition to the homicide by vehicle charge, she has also been charged with following too closely and with driving an unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle.

According to Georgia law, a driver who causes the death of another person, without an intention to do so and who is not driving recklessly and not under the influence, is charged with homicide by vehicle in the second degree. If the person is found guilty of the misdemeanor offense, a conviction generally carries up to a year in jail or a maximum $1,000 in fines or both.

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