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Woman accused of DUI, causing fatal accident served a warrant for vehicular homicide

Avondale Estates Crime and public safety Decatur

Woman accused of DUI, causing fatal accident served a warrant for vehicular homicide

Michelle Wierson. Photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

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Michelle Wierson. Photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office

Michelle Wierson, 52, has been served with a warrant for vehicular homicide following the death of a 5-year-old boy who was critically injured in a Sept. 27 car accident.

Wierson is accused of causing the accident while driving under the influence. The affidavit in support of the arrest warrant alleges that Wierson was taking a combination of AtivanClonazepam (also known as Klonopin) and Seroquel. (Seroquel is written as “seroquem” on the accident report. There is no drug by that name.) WebMD says the first two are in the benzodiazepines family of drugs and are used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. Seroquel is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mood conditions, according to WebMD.

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An expert Decaturish spoke to said Ativan and Clonazepam would have impaired someone’s ability to drive and are not usually taken simultaneously.

A review of public records by Decaturish reveals that Wierson is a licensed psychologist with the state of Georgia. A phone number for her business also appears at the end of an article published on the MARR Addiction Treatment Center website. Her biography at the end of the article states that she specializes in family therapy, with a focus on addiction in teens and parents. The phone number is also associated with her home address in Avondale Estates.

She is accused of causing an accident that fatally injured Miles Jenness, a 5-year-old Winnona Park Kindergarten student. Police allege she slammed into two vehicles with her Volkswagen on Sept. 27 around 5:14 p.m. The five year old boy and his father were riding in the first vehicle she allegedly struck, and the impact left the boy in critical condition. The accident occurred on Midway Road at South Candler Street.

According to police, after the collision Wierson began behaving erratically. She is accused of exiting her vehicle and running in and out of traffic. An off-duty DeKalb County Police Officer and an on-duty MARTA police officer happened to be in the area and stopped to help. The police report says the DeKalb County Police officer attempted to get control of her and “she began assaulting him and was grabbing and scratching at his arms.”

She was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for evaluation and was later transported and booked into the DeKalb County Jail for the battery charge. She was later served with warrants for causing serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, following too closely and driving under the influence.

Wierson is still in jail and that’s where police served her with the warrant for vehicular homicide.

Wierson will have a preliminary hearing on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.

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