Sandy Springs police say they have charged a 74-year-old Tennessee man with second degree vehicular homicide in connection with a June 28 death of his wife after a traffic accident on Roswell Road at the entrance ramp to I-285.

Police say James Straley was driving his Toyota Avalon north on Roswell Road and turned into the left-turn-only lane for I-285 west. Straley turned into the path of a Nissan Pathfinder occupied by Shannon Latrice Zachary, 44, of Decatur. The Nissan struck the Avalon on its passenger side, where Alsie Straley, James Straley’s wife, was seated.

Alsie Straley died of a heart attack as she was being taken to Northside Hospital, police said.

James Straley was charged with failure to yield while turning left and second degree vehicular homicide, Sandy Springs police said in a press release.

 

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