Local woman killed when vehicle drove through restaurant
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:02pm
A car driven by 18-year-old Oliver Cope crossed several lanes of highway and crash into a Taco Bell in Swainsboro Thursday, Sept. 28, injuring five people. One of those five, Macy Lynn Mullis, 23, died later at the hospital, said Emanuel County Deputy Coroner Randy Love.
“The Taco Bell’s located on south Business 1,” Love said. “From what I’ve gathered, the car came through over the curbing at a high rate of speed and went into the building while the patrons were in the building.”
Love said the others who were injured were two adults and two children. Mullis’ body was taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah Friday morning. On Monday, Love said the cause of death was determined to be multiple traumatic injuries.
Cope fled the scene but was apprehended shortly thereafter. He has been charged with murder, four counts of aggravated assault and criminal damage to property in the first degree.
Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman said the investigation is continuing.
“Additional warrants may be taken,” Altman said this week, adding he is waiting to determine the extent of the injuries of those victims in the hospital.
“No connection between Mr. Cope and the victims is known,” the DA said. The next step is to bring the case before the Grand Jury.