A Rockmart resident pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges in Bartow Superior Court Tuesday morning stemming from a fatal 2016 crash in Bartow County that claimed the lives of a 25-year-old Dalton woman and two of her young children.
Scottie Lee Worfford, who at the time of the accident was 51, faces six counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree. He is charged with causing the deaths of Deneisha S. Washington, her 2-year-old daughter Iyania Bynum and her 11-month-old son Octavian Bynum "without malice aforethought" on U.S. 411 near Cowan Drive on the night of Sept. 16.
Shamya Washington, 8, was also injured in the accident. She was airlifted to a hospital in Atlanta and was released two days later.
The accident — in which the 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck operated by Worfford struck the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Washington — occurred around 11:30 p.m. Emergency responders said Worfford hit the back of Washington's Jeep, causing both vehicles to run off the road prior to coming to a stop in a northbound median.
Worfford was not seriously injured in the wreck.
In addition to the six vehicular homicide charges, he is also facing one count of reckless driving, one count of driving under the influence, one count of following too closely, one count of speeding, one count of driving too fast for conditions, one count of operating a vehicle with improper tires and one count of failure to dim headlights.
Three of the vehicular homicide counts are derived from the driving under the influence charge while the other three are derived from the reckless driving charge.
According to a bill of indictment, Worfford operated the vehicle "while under the influence of a drug to the extent that it was less safe for him to drive." That drug, however, is not specified in the document.
The bill of indictment also states that Worfford was traveling 20 miles above the posted speed limit at the time of the crash. Georgia State Patrol officials indicated he was driving 85 miles per hour when he struck Washington's vehicle.