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Columbia County Man, 20, was Drunk in ATV Wreck That Killed Female Passenger


An Appling man was driving drunk on an ATV Saturday night when he wrecked and killed his female passenger, authorities said.

Bentley Joseph DeVore, 20, of Morris Callaway Road, has been charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving, driving while license suspended, failure to maintain lane and open container.

The victim was identified as 20-year-old Morgan Jean-Marie Shea, of Marietta. She was in Appling visiting new friends before the school year started up. She was attending Kennesaw State, where was going to be a junior. She was also a member of Alpha Xi Delta.

Morgan Shea (from Facebook)

DeVore was not only drunk, he was underage, driving on a suspended license and riding with an open container of alcohol, according to authorities.

He was driving south on Morris Calloway Road just before 10 p.m. Saturday when he left the road on the west shoulder and over-corrected, causing the ATV to spin and overturn several times as he tried to counter-spin. DeVore and the victim were ejected.

Shea was taken to Doctors Hospital and put on life support before dying.

The vehicle is described as a 2016 Can-Am ATV, a two-seat motorized vehicle that requires a license to operate on the road. A similar model is shown below.

The vehicle involved was similar to this. It includes seat belts.


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Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


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