by: Tom Jones Updated:
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Police arrested a college professor they said was adjusting the volume on his radio when he hit and killed a brother and sister tending to their disabled car.
The attorney for 61-year-old Kenneth Ebel disputed that claim.
Ebel, a Mercer University adjunct professor faces two counts of vehicular homicide and failure to use due care in the death of 30-year-old
Savannah Guio Hayter and her brother Steven Mack, 23.
Morrow police said Ebel hit them while they changed a flat tire in the gore on the northbound I-75 entrance ramp near Jonesboro Road Monday.
Ebel's attorney said his client is incredibly upset and remorseful.
"And his major concern is the condolences that he wants to express to the family of the victims of this tragic accident," said Stanley Wyre.
Investigators say Ebel told them right before the crash he was adjusting the volume on his SUV's radio and looking over his left shoulder, checking traffic before he merged onto the highway.
Officers said Ebel told them he looked back in front of him and couldn't avoid hitting the brother and sister.
Wyre said his client wasn't distracted.
Police said the victims were changing the rear passenger tire.
Wyre said he's seen no evidence Ebel's car left the road and hit them.
He admits his client faces some serious charges.
"But it's not a foregone conclusion that Mr. Ebel has done anything wrong whatsoever," he said.
Hayter and Mack had just moved to Atlanta from Texas.
Ebel will remain in jail overnight and will make his first court appearance Thursday.