A Springfield man is in jail in connection with a deadly May car wreck.
Harold Cope Jr., 32, was arrested Sunday on several charges, including first-degree vehicular homicide and three other felonies, in a crash that caused the death of Mikeal Bernard Young-Garvin, 31, of Rincon.
Cope also was charged with felony driving with a suspended license, meaning it was at least his fourth such offense. The list of charges also included hit-and-run, reckless driving, speeding, failure to report an accident and obstruction of law enforcement officers.
Investigators used forensic evidence to determine Cope was driving the 2002 Ford Fusion that crashed at the intersection of Lower Ferry and Stillwell Clyo roads May 10 at approximately 3:20 a.m. No other vehicles were involved.
Young-Garvin was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. The Georgia State Patrol was able to determine a second person had been in the car and left the scene.
“We were notified by some family members as to who should’ve been driving the vehicle,” Joel Mock of the Georgia State Patrol said at the time.
The GSP identified Cope as the other occupant of the car and interviewed him. Evidence determined he had been behind the wheel, according to investigators.