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Man charged with vehicular homicide after fatal crash

Firefighters respond Thursday morning to a head-on crash in the area of North Union Avenue and West College Boulevard. A man faces multiple criminal charges in connection with the crash in which one woman died. (Alex Ross Photo)

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A local man has been charged with vehicular homicide after a Thursday morning crash resulted in the death of a woman.

The Roswell Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division decided after its investigation to charge Dominic Canales-Flores, 20, with homicide by vehicle, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon by RPD.

Canales-Flores also faces charges of great bodily harm by vehicle, reckless driving and possession of open containers of alcohol. Additional charges of speeding, driving without a license, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane of travel, failure to use a seatbelt and failure to notify authorities of an accident also have been levied against Canales-Flores.

He could face even more charges, according to the press release, depending on the results of a blood sample taken by medical workers after the RPD obtained a search warrant.

Canales-Flores was originally hospitalized in Roswell but has been transported to a hospital elsewhere for his injuries. He is accused of driving a sports utility vehicle that crashed head-on into another SUV near North Union Avenue and West College Boulevard at about 10:40 a.m. Thursday.

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The other vehicle was driven by a 51-year-old woman who has been hospitalized outside Roswell after initially being transported to a local hospital. The woman’s daughter, Devaney Brunk, 31, was a passenger and died at the scene of the accident.

According to the police, shortly before Canales-Flores was involved in the fatal crash, he hit a pickup.

The press release states that Canales-Flores was driving south on North Union in a reckless manner, crossing into other lanes of traffic and speeding, when he sideswiped the truck near West 19th Street. No injuries resulted from that incident.

Then Canales-Flores continued another half-mile south on North Union — sometimes reaching speeds of 90 mph in a 35-mph zone — when he crashed into the vehicle with Brunk and her mother.

Investigators believe Canales-Flores’ vehicle rolled over several times after the crash, ending up in a backyard just off the road.