A Michigan woman is charged with vehicular homicide after a Sept. 27 automobile accident on Lakeview Road that left a Savannah man dead.
After an investigation by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT), troopers charged 49-year-old Tammie Anne Johnson, of Stanford Street in Gwinn, Mich., with homicide by vehicle and (illegal) possession of hydrocodone, according to reports from Georgia State Patrol Post 45 in Statesboro.
Blood tests are pending to determine whether Johnson was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and further charges may be pending.
Around 7:45 p.m. Sept. 27, Savannah Attorney Edward M. "Toby" Buttimer, 42, was driving southbound on Lakeview Road, approaching the intersection of Metts Road, when Johnson failed to obey a stop sign and crashed into the passenger side of his 2009 Toyota Corolla, according to reports by Trooper Brian Scott.
Johnson was driving a 2006 Nissan Xterra.
Buttimer was partially ejected from the vehicle and was killed in the accident.
He was part of Buttimer Law Firm in Savannah. According to a report from WSAV, Buttimer was prominent in Savannah Irish-American community. He participated in the Savannah St. Patrick's Day celebration yearly. He served as both a member and president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Monsignor Daniel J. Bourke Division One.
After the investigation, troopers arrested Johnson Friday and she was booked into the Bulloch County Jail, where she remains without bond, according to jail records.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.