The crash occurred earlier this year on Macon Road just east of Whitten Road as Donald Giamonco’s passenger had gotten on his cell phone to report his erratic driving to a 911 operator.
A grand jury also indicted Giamonco on multiple counts of vehicular assault involving intoxication, reckless aggravated assault involving injury, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon – motor vehicle. He is accused of driving with a blood-alcohol content of more than .20, which carries a mandatory minimum of seven consecutive days in jail.
He is free on $100,000 bond.
The crash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on Jan. 7 this year after Giamonco and his passenger had been drinking at a nightclub near Bartlett. His passenger said that when they left the club, Giamonco began driving erratically and at a high rate of speed, which prompted the passenger to call 911 for help.
While his passenger was on the phone with police dispatchers, Giamonco crashed his pickup truck into the back of an SUV, killing Michael C. Richards, 25, and injuring seven other people in the vehicle as well as his own passenger.
The victim who was killed and his friends and family in the SUV were in town to attend a funeral.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Sam Winnig of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Unit whose members work with local law enforcement seeking to reduce the number of DUI-related fatalities and injuries.
The Unit also conducts training sessions to update law enforcement officers on changes in traffic and DUI laws.