Kelly Stevens, co-host of B 98.5's "Vikki and Kelly Show," had a close call Friday morning. During his morning commute, Stevens had a run-in with a wrong-way driver on Ga. 400, CBS Atlanta reports.
Fortunately, Stevens received only non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. Wrong-way driver Carlyn Emily Royball, 22, of Alpharetta, was killed. Investigators are currently looking into whether alcohol played a role in the accident.
Stevens was driving to work on Ga. 400 when he saw the wrong-way driver heading towards him at a "very fast" speed. Stevens was forced to swerve to avoid the car, causing his vehicle to roll over.
"I was conscious during the whole thing," B 98.5's Kelly Stevens told CBS Atlanta from his hospital bed. "It just happened so fast, there's nothing I could do."
Stevens reportedly suffered a broken arm and a broken leg in the accident.
Had Stevens been killed and Royball survived the wreck, she likely would have been charged with vehicular homicide. People who kill others while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or simply driving recklessly, are often charged with vehicular homicide in this state. A conviction is punishable by three to 15 years in prison.
The accident was the second wrong-way crash on Ga. 400 in two weeks. On Aug. 15, 24-year-old Frampere Ingle drove south in the northbound lanes, causing a head on collision with another car. Ingle and Eric Hanks, the driver of the other vehicle, were killed in the crash. While authorities are still investigating the accident, they believe alcohol may have played a role.
Police are trying to determine whether Carlyn Emily Royball entered Ga. 400 from Northridge Road or from farther south at Abernathy. B 98.5's Kelly Stevens is expected to be released from the hospital this week.
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