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Fatal wreck is still being investigated

Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team still are completing their investigation into a recent single-car crash that killed a 17-year-old rising senior at Thomson High School. Authorities have said the wreck was alcohol-related.

"Several charges are pending in this case," according to Cpl. Chris Wright, who is assigned to the state patrol's post in Grovetown. "SCRT is still investigating the wreck at this time."

Phillip Bonner, 22, of the 300 block of Pierce Avenue, Thomson, is facing multiple charges, including vehicular homicide, in connection with the crash that killed Lawrence Lee Harris, III, of Rousseau Creek Road, Thomson on July 10. McDuffie County Deputy Coroner Sammy Purvis said Mr. Harris, who received massive head and other internal injuries, died instantly.

Mr. Harris, a front-seat passenger, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown through the windshield of a car being driven by Mr. Bonner, Trooper First Class Rich Fishel said.

The trooper said Mr. Bonner was traveling south on Rousseau Creek Road and lost control of the car "for unknown reasons" while rounding a curve.

The car then flipped at least once, apparently ejecting Mr. Harris from it at the time, Trooper Fishel said at the scene.

Mr. Bonner received a head laceration and other assorted injuries. He was taken to an Augusta hospital for treatment and since has been released.

Web posted on Thursday, August 05, 2010

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