Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for Vehicular Homicide that Killed Two
Cory Camp, while driving 86 mph in a 45 zone, hit another car head on, killing two other young men, Zachary Crenshaw and Matthew Miller.
Cory Camp and a friend were drinking at a Braves game May 2, 2012. It was Douglas County night at Turner Field.
Camp, 22, went on drinking at two other Douglasville restaurants. He got kicked out of Taco Mac.
But by then the University of West Georgia senior math major was so intoxicated he doesn't even remember being at the popular night spot, according to prosecutors.
Later on Post Road, Camp, while driving 86 mph in a 45 zone, hit another car head on, killing two other young men, Zachary Crenshaw and Matthew Miller.
Monday morning, in a negotiated plea, Camp pleaded guilty to two courts of vehicular homicide by DUI. Superior Court Judge Beau McClain sentenced him to the recommended amount — 30 years with 15 to serve. He must pay a fine and will be on probation for 15 years after his incarceration.
The crash occurred around 2 a.m. near Ephesus Church Rd. A black VW Jetta, driven by Camp, was traveling south on Post Road when the vehicle crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a northbound red BMW. Crenshaw was identified as the driver and Miller the passenger.
Camp had to be cut out of the vehicle and was arrested after a hospital stay.
The sentencing followed an emotional hour as relatives of Crenshaw and Miller read statements to the court. Camp, often sobbing, offered his apologies to the families of the two 20-year-old technical college friends.
"My stupidity in choosing to drink and drive that night is causing your pain," said Camp as he stood with his attorney and parents before the judge. "I'm so sorry."
Family members of Crenshaw and Miller said the two friends who loved to play video games had been over at another friend's house the night of the wreck. The friend had a big interview the next day and Crenshaw and Miller were teaching him how to tie a tie.
The two friends stopped at a store to get something to drink and eat on their way home. Minutes later they were dead.
Crenshaw's father said Monday that one of the hardest things about losing his son so suddenly was not getting to say goodbye or to hold him one last time.
Crenshaw's father told Camp that forgiveness wasn't in his heart. "But I will pray for you because that's all I can do."
Miller's stepfather told the judge that reality has been hard to accept. "Our family is incomplete."
Judge McClain told Camp, dressed in a brown jail suit with chains around his waist, that, "One mistake made by a pretty good person can destroy your life and that of many others."