the north face brooklyn jacket Family livid after repeat DUI offender granted bond following fatal accident
Imagine losing a loved one and finding out the person who allegedly caused their death was able to pay $600 and walked out of jail within hours even before you’ve had time to grieve.
It’s hard to fathom but it happened to one metro Atlanta. 11Alive spoke to the family and they’re now calling for the magistrate court judge who set the suspect’s bond to so low to lose his job.
Police said 42 year old Amanda Hopper parked in the middle of I 75 north of Whitfield County back in September allegedly high on meth and engine turned off. Reports suggest she was taking a nap.
It wasn’t long after those 911 calls that Miller’s stepson Brett hit the 42 year old and died.
“The world has stopped for our family and no one seems to care no one,” she said.
Hopper, a repeat offender with four prior DUI arrests and three convictions, was charged with involuntary manslaughter along with seven other drug charges. Despite the district attorney’s pleas for the judge to not grant her bond, the judge went ahead and set a $6,000 bond anyway.
“This is inexcusable,” Miller said. “There’s no other way to say that. Haynes Townsend needs to lose his position. Needs to know what he’s done to our family.”
The Whitfield County district attorney couldn’t comment on the ongoing case, so 11Alive went to Cobb County prosecutor Latonia Hines to shed some light on the judge’s actions.
“It’s disappointing that, knowing this type of history, that they would do a $6000 bond, of course,” Hines said. “But, at the same time, knowing also that these are coming off of traffic charges, it’s not uncommon to have that kind of a bond.”
But Miller thinks things would have been different if the tables had been turned.
“Had it been his daughter, I guarantee you this woman would not be walking around,” she said. “But you know what, because she is, it could very well be his daughter next. She’s not done. She’ll go back out. She would drive to kill somebody else.”