MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Macon man has been indicted and charged with vehicular homicide after a train struck the car he was driving, killing his daughter and girlfriend. His mother, Betty Jackson-Lyons, wants everyone to know, her son is not a criminal.
In May, a train collided with the car Willie Lyons was driving at the intersection of Ignico Drive. Willie survived but his daughter Kinsley and girlfriend Donnell Reid died. Now Willie is being charged in their deaths.
A Houston County grand jury indicted Willie Lyons on four counts of vehicular homicide, one count of driving under the influence, one count of running a stop sign, one count of reckless driving and one count of not properly restraining a child. Prosecutors said Willie was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accident. His mother, Betty Jackson-Lyons said this just isn't true.
"He's not a reckless driver," Betty said, "he's not a drug user."
Betty said her son isn't a criminal but is a victim. For months, he's been recovering from the accident and mourning the loss of his daughter and girlfriend.
"He loved this girl so much and that baby," Betty said, "he would never do something to jeopardize their life".
In August, the city of Warner Robins installed railroad crossing arms at the Ignico Drive intersection.