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By Christa Jennings
Senior staff writer
A Georgia woman was arrested last month in connection to a fatal wreck that occurred in Coosa County more than a year ago.
The single-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 6:35 a.m. April 29, 2020, and claimed the life of a Valley woman. Cheryl M. Youmans, now 55, of Columbus, Georgia, was driving a 2017 Toyota 4Runner that left the roadway and struck a guardrail before overturning and striking numerous trees, according to State Troopers.
A passenger, 42-year-old Kristi E. Chriss of Valley, was fatally injured because of the crash. She was transported to UAB Hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.
The fatal crash occurred on U.S. Highway 280 near the 59-mile marker in Coosa County, approximately 10 miles south of Sylacauga.
At that time, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Troopers reported that Youmans was believed to have been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash.
Following a grand jury indictment in Coosa County, on August 2 Youmans was arrested on charges of criminally negligent homicide, speeding in excess of 70 miles per hour, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and reckless driving.
Her total bond was set at $37,000, and she was released from Coosa County Jail on August 19 to await trial.
Anyone who suspects or observes illegal activity is encouraged to report it to the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office at 256-377-4922 or online at www.coosacountyso.org. Anonymous tips are also welcome.