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Justice denied in fatal DWI case

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In regards to the five-vehicle accident that occurred in May 18, 2015 on Fifth and Main streets at 9 a.m. in front of the Roswell courthouse building that resulted in the death of Zora Lykins, as well as three other Roswell residents that were victims of a driver whom was traveling at an excessive rate of speed, rear-ending Zora Lykins, causing her vehicle to be propelled forward 176 feet, sideswiping two vehicles before coming to a stop by a third vehicle that was struck head on, on July 17, the man responsible for this accident was finally charged with DWI and vehicular homicide.

On Oct. 24, a preliminary hearing was held where evidence would have been presented in order to proceed showing whether or not the defendant had committed the crime for which he had been charged.

Sadly, the Lykins family was informed by assistant district attorney Michael Thomas that the ruling of the case had been discharged and that the conception of justices to be served and the means to carry it out had gone awry, the evidence had been routinely destroyed.

The Lykins family would like to voice their discontentment in the lack of abilities of the privileged parties that were responsible in safeguarding the evidence. We can only say, “Someone dropped the ball.”

As for the defendant who was set free, we can only pray that he takes advantage of the lottery ticket he has been awarded in hopes he does not take for granted the time that has been restored to him and his family.

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The Lykins family would like to thank the community of Roswell for their support, the first responders that assisted in caring for our mother, Zora Lykins, as well as the Roswell Daily Record.

Thank you and may God keep you safe.

Darlene Starling and Tim Lykins

Roswell