Lawyer: Man distraught over alleged DUI wreck that killed sister

By: Mike Petchenik


ALPHARETTA, Ga. - The attorney for an Alpharetta man accused of causing a DUI wreck that killed his own sister said Monday his client is distraught over what happened.

Roswell police have charged David Neil Howell with homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, DUI and other charges stemming from the Saturday morning wreck on Ga. 400 near Holcomb Bridge Road.

 Investigators said Howell wrecked his motorcycle into a wall, which caused his older sister, Sarah, to fall off the bike and into oncoming traffic.  Police said a Jeep Cherokee then struck and killed Howell, before taking off.

 Monday, police told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik they had located the driver of the Jeep and would be interviewing them about why they fled the scene.

 Howell waived his first appearance at the Fulton County jail Monday.

“He’s a good person, somebody who loves his family and is clearly distraught over what’s happened,” attorney Mark B. Jackson told Petchenik.

 Jackson said Howell was close to his sister.

 “Our hearts go out to the family on this.  It’s a horrible situation,” said Jackson.  “Under these circumstances no one can know how difficult it must be.”

 Howell is due back in court in two weeks.

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