by: Tom Regan Updated:
BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. - An Acworth man charged in a suspected drunken driving crash that killed a metro Atlanta father Tuesday has a lengthy criminal record.
Police said Van Hoose was drunk and speeding when his car slammed into the back of a pickup truck that was turning off Kings Camp Road in Bartow County. The pickup truck crashed into a utility pole, killing 27-year-old passenger David Hannah.
"I was crying when I saw the accident. It was very sad," said witness Mark Velasquez.
Velasquez rushed out of his home after hearing the crash. He said Hannah was partially thrown out of the window of the truck.
"I told my daughter, ‘There's nothing we can do for that man,’" said Velasquez.
The driver of the truck, Joseph Long, and a second passenger, were injured. Long is in stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center, where he is being treated for a head injury. The name and condition of the second passenger were not available.
Georgia State Patrol is continuing the crash investigation and may file additional charges against Van Hoose, who is also being treated in a metro Atlanta hospital.