A man convicted of vehicular manslaughter after a September 2012 crash was sentenced Friday.
Sean Jackson Brannen, 22, of Brannen Farm Road East, faces a sentence of 90 days in confinement and 12 months’ probation. He also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and complete 140 hours of community service. Bulloch County Superior Court Judge John R. Turner handed down the sentence, according to records from the Bulloch County Clerk of Court office.
Records show Brannen was convicted of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and failure to obey a stop sign in the Sept. 28, 2012, automobile accident that took the life of a Bulloch County woman and seriously injured her husband.
Geneva Finch Mallard was killed when Brannen, driving east on Emit Church Road, failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 67, according to reports by Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Trey Miller.
The accident took place around 9:30 p.m. The Mallards were returning home from visiting their adult son, who had suffered a stroke, in a Savannah hospital.
After impact, both Brannen’s 2011 Ford F-150 and a 2003 Pontiac Montana, driven by Bobby Steven Mallard, 70, of Metts Road, traveled onto the west shoulder of Highway 67. Mallard’s vehicle landed on its side, and Brannen’s truck struck a utility pole and landed on its roof, Miller said.
Bobby Mallard first was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, then airlifted to Memorial Health Medical Center in Savannah, Miller said.
Geneva Finch Mallard was killed on impact when Brannen’s truck collided with the passenger side of Mallard’s vehicle.
Brannen and five passengers in his truck suffered head injuries. Brannen also was taken first to East Georgia Regional, then transported to Memorial, according to reports.
The crash was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.
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