Driver charged in crash that killed KSU sophomore

Driver charged in crash that killed KSU sophomore

The student who was driving during a crash that killed another Kennesaw State University student is facing several charges, police said.

Ethan Dowell, a sophomore majoring in finance,turned himself in at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on March 17, according to jail records. Dowell is charged with vehicular homicide, driving with a learner’s permit and failure to maintain lane, all misdemeanors.

In the incident on March 3, Dowell was driving north on the I-75 exit ramp to Chastain Road at 4:23 a.m. when he lost control of his 2003 Acura CL, according to police reports. The car left the road, rolled over onto its roof and collided with a tree.

Colin Ruland, a 19-year-old sophomore who was studying finance, was sitting in the right rear passenger seat. He was ejected from the car and later pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Two additional passengers, Cole Korvalchik, and Jordan Wormsby, were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police reports indicated that Dowell was neither distracted nor under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.

According to jail records, Dowell was released from the Cobb County jail on $5,720 bond.

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