Families seek closure in year-old possible vehicular homicide

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

Two families search for closure in the deaths of two Waynesboro men killed in a car crash almost a year ago.

News 12's Stephanie Baker tracks the investigation into what could be vehicular homicide.

Jeffery Brown and Tremonde Holmes were passengers in a car that crashed into a tree in May 2005.

A year later, the families worry any evidence or leads in the crash are disappearing with time.

"I don't want another family to go through what we're going through. It's so hard to lose a child," says Patricia Holmes. Holmes lost her son Tremonde when the Pontiac he was riding in hit a tree and caught fire.

"When we got to the hospital they said he was still at the scene...'cause, you know, they burned in the car," said Lequinta Polk, sister of Jeffery Brown.

All Polk has now are his clothes, pictures of him, his daughter...the urn holding his ashes, and the memory of their last conversation.

"He said 'I love you', and I said 'I love you' and that was it."

"I have not cried, I don't really know how to tell people I feel. It's a mission, something that needs to be completed," said Holmes. "I won't truly find peace until the people involved are held accountable for their acts."

Holmes and Polk say working with the Burke County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia State Patrol has been a challenge.

"When your 20-year-old brother is gone and you don't have any answers after a year is past, of course it's frustrating," Polk says.

News 12 contacted both law enforcement groups. They told us they couldn't comment on the investigation.

That's why Holmes keeps a diary of her personal yearlong investigation. She found that driver Rodriques Jones has been arrested for traffic offenses in the past, including drunk driving.

Now he is under criminal investigation for his role in the crash.

The assistant district attorney recently wrote Holmes. "I apologize for the delay in the investigation of this case," he wrote. "The investigation is complete."

We contacted multiple law enforcement agencies to get an update. Most calls went unreturned. The district attorney's office can't comment about ongoing investigations, but they do tell us Rodriques Jones will appear before a grand jury next month where he could be indicted on two counts of vehicular homicide.

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