July 8, 2013

Man jailed on DUI, vehicular homicide charges (Updated 5:45 p.m.)

Rachel Brown

— Authorities have charged a Varnell man with first degree vehicular homicide and DUI after they say he ran a red light and his truck collided with another vehicle, killing the man inside.

Georgia State Patrol Sgt. D.C. Gleaton said David Rittenhouse, 60, was turning left from Beaverdale Road to head north on Cleveland Highway at about 1:30 a.m. Monday when Shawn Holland, 24, ran a red light and hit the man’s SUV.

Holland’s Toyota Tundra struck the driver’s side door of Rittenhouse’s Chevrolet Tracker. Holland is also charged with failure to obey traffic devices, an open container violation and a safety belt violation. He is scheduled for a bond hearing at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Alcohol is suspected,” Gleaton said. “Mr. Holland was charged with numerous violations. Once he was treated and released from (Hamilton Medical Center) he was taken to the Whitfield County jail.”

The state patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating. Authorities typically request a detailed report from the team in cases where a driver faces a more serious charge, such as vehicular homicide.