Raleigh couple killed in Georgia crash
Posted July 6, 2015
Lithonia, Ga. — A Raleigh couple died Sunday in a crash in suburban Atlanta, authorities said.
Willie Mae Hatley, 65, and Vernon Webster Hatley, 67, were on their way to church with Cora Rhodes Lyles, 65, of Stone Mountain, Ga., when an SUV ran a red light and slammed into their vehicle in Lithonia, Ga., killing all three.
WGCL-TV, a CBS affiliate in Atlanta, reported that the SUV driver then tried to flee the scene in a pickup truck as the truck driver tried to lend assistance to the crash victims.
Witnesses restrained the SUV driver until police arrived, WGCL reported.
Marvin Lynch, 27, has been charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, driving while impaired, hit and run and failure to obey a red light.
Vern Hatley was transportation director for the Wake County Public School System when he pleaded guilty in 2005 to taking part in a kickback scheme involving a Wilson-based bus parts supplier. The scheme, which also involved other school district employees, cost the district at least $5 million, although the district later recouped the money when the parts company was ordered to pay restitution. Hatley served his sentence and was released from prison in 2012.