A Ware County firefighter has been charged with DUI in a crash that killed a co-worker in June
Luke Zimmerman, 26, faces charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lanes, according to Ware County Jail records. Zimmerman has since been released on $30,750 bail following his arrest on Friday. Records indicate that he spent three days in prison.
On June 22 at 12:16 p.m., the Georgia Department of Public Safety says an officer responded to a single-vehicle crash on Manor Millwood Road near Manor Westboro Road. Ware County 911 reported that a fire truck had overturned in a ditch and its occupants were trapped inside, according to the incident report. The fire truck was lying on the passenger side in the east ditch where the road was completely closed, the incident report said.
“Several first responders were at the scene desperately trying to extricate a passenger,” an officer stated in the incident report.
A GADPS officer contacted the Ware County Sheriff’s Office, where the sheriff’s office stated that the driver was in an ambulance and was receiving medical care, while the passenger was “possibly deceased,” the incident report states.
Zimmerman told the GADPS officer that he and “Blue,” also known as 24-year-old Bobby Smith, were out checking fire hydrants when Zimmerman said he “may have taken the curve too quickly causing him to lose control,” according to the incident report. States. Shortly after, the report said, Zimmerman was taken to a local hospital because he had agreed to a blood draw. Zimmerman’s blood sample was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for testing, the report states.
GADPS says they began taking photos of the accident scene, drawing road signs, and placing flags to mark the investigation, the accident report states. The report also states that Smith was partially ejected and pinned under the fire truck. After that, GADPS says Ware County Coroner Atha Lucas Smith responded to the scene where Smith was pronounced dead, according to the incident report.
Toxicology reports revealed that Zimmerman’s blood alcohol level was 0.216, nearly three times the legal limit.