Indictment: Driver may have been on meth during fatal hit-and-run

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

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LILBURN, Ga. - A Gwinnett County grand jury has indicted a man accused of killing a mother and her 6-year-old daughter in a hit-and-run crash.

The nine count indictment revealed new information about the suspect, Spencer Prigmore, 43, and his alleged state. According to the indictment, Prigmore was under the influence of drugs, specifically methamphetamine.

"Under our law, if you have any amount of methamphetamine in your blood stream, then you're considered to be under the influence,” said Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter.

Investigators said Prigmore veered onto the sidewalk along Highway 29 in Lilburn in July. Maria Cervantes-Maldonado and her daughter, Melissa, were walking home from the store when they were hit. Both died at the scene.

At Prigmore's preliminary hearing in August, a magistrate judge dismissed Prigmore's DUI charge due to a lack of evidence. But Porter said investigators requested blood samples be sent to the state crime lab.

"It confirms what we believed in the beginning and what the police officers believed that he was driving recklessly and he was under the influence of something, otherwise the accident wouldn't' have occurred,” Porter said.

Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh spoke to Cervantes-Maldonado’s sister about the indictments. She didn't want to make a comment. Her attorney later called and said the family is devastated by this news.

Kavanaugh tried to reach to Prigmore’s defense attorney. She is awaiting his response.


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