ATLANTA - A woman charged with killing a father in a drunk driving crash did not face a judge Monday because she is still in the hospital.
The crash claimed the life of 38-year-old Jasper Collier on Sunday.
Police said that at about 5 a.m., Collier was driving south on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard in a 2003 Jaguar. Police say Cecily Bryant was driving in the opposite direction under the influence. When Bryant tried to turn left on Neal Street, she and Collier collided nearly head-on.
Collier was not wearing a seat belt and was seriously injured. He was taken to Grady Hospital where he later died.
Police charged Bryant, 41, with vehicular manslaughter and DUI.
Collier’s loved ones placed candles inches from debris from the crash during a vigil Sunday night.
His children were inconsolable and unable to speak.
Collier’s fiancée said he was about to start a new chapter of his life.
“We were planning a wedding,” fiancée Adrienne Hannor said. “I know he’s in a better place, but I want him here with me.”
Instead of a wedding, Hannor said she will now help plan a funeral.
“I never thought that when I talked to him earlier this morning that was going to be the last time,” she said in tears.
“We're going to forgive her,” Hannor said of Bryant. “We prayed about it and we gave it to God.”
The family said Collier’s funeral arrangements should be finalized this week.