KSU student in crash that killed friend had learner's permit, police say

By: Kimberly Richardson


COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A Kennesaw State University student who was driving during a fatal single-car crash earlier this month that killed a fellow student has been charged.

Ethan Dowell, 20, of Suwanee turned himself in this weekend and is already out on a $5,000 bond, according to police.

Dowell faces misdemeanor charges of homicide by vehicle, operating with a learner’s permit and failure to maintain lane.


The crash was reported just before 4:30 a.m. March 3 on the I-75 northbound exit ramp to Chastain Road in Kennesaw.

According to investigators, Dowell lost control and rolled the vehicle onto its roof before colliding with a tree.

The victim, Colin Ruland, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

One of the other passengers, Cole Kovarchik, 18, suffered minor injuries. Another passenger, Jordan Wormsby, 20, was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Dowell only had a learner's permit at the time of the crash, police say.

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