Man to be charged in wreck that injured Roswell high school athlete

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:


ROSWELL, Ga. - Roswell police tell Channel 2 Action News they’re taking out warrants for the arrest of a Canton man who they said was driving under the influence when he ran over a teenager last summer.

 Kevin Kissell, 21, will face several charges, including DUI, drug possession and serious injury by vehicle stemming from the June 8 incident on Holcomb Bridge Road.  Police said Kissell lost control of his truck and pinned 17-year-old Cyril Teal underneath.  The impact left the Centennial High school track and football star with two broken hips, a broken arm and internal injuries.  Teal spent more than three months confined to a wheelchair.

“It's totally changed our life, big time,” Teal's mother told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik last summer after his release from the hospital.

Teal is back in school and able to walk, but his family isn’t sure he’ll ever be the same.  Family attorney Anthony Van Johnson told Petchenik the family’s medical bills are hovering around $500,000, and much of it isn’t covered by insurance.

“His mother had to wheel him around in a wheelchair, had to rearrange the house for him to be able to reside there downstairs,” said Van Johnson.  “It’s been a tremendous strain on the entire family.”

Van Johnson told Petchenik that investigators told him they tested a container inside Kissell’s vehicle and the substance tested positive for drugs.  He said detectives told him they plan to re-test Kissell’s blood sample, but planned to move forward with the charges.

Roswell police spokeswoman Lisa Holland told Petchenik detectives expected Kissell to turn himself in Friday.

“It was a relief to finally get some movement on this,” said Van Johnson, who said he plans to pursue a civil lawsuit against Kissell.  “This is a message of what can happen if somebody uses illegal drugs and then they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

In June, Petchenik confronted Kissell at his workplace, and he expressed remorse for what happened, but wouldn’t comment when asked if he was high at the time of the wreck.

“I'm severely sorry for what happened. I am,” he said in June. “I think about it every day."

A man who answered the phone at Kissell’s home Wednesday said he wasn’t there, and then cussed at Petchenik before hanging up.

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