Father Faces Multiple Charges in Head-On Collision That Killed Son

A Mount Airy man is facing multiple charges, including DUI and first-degree vehicular homicide, stemming from a two-vehicle crash Monday morning that claimed the life of his young son.


According to the Georgia State Patrol, 35-year-old Gregory Brandon Thompson was traveling south on Historic Highway 441/GA-385 around 9:38 a.m. with his 5-year-old son, Maximus Thompson, in the rear of the vehicle. Thompson’s Toyota Prius crossed over the centerline almost directly in front of the Grains of Grace restaurant and struck a Honda Accord head-on.


When emergency crews from Habersham and Clarkesville arrived on scene, Emergency Services Director Chad Black said they found Maximus Thompson unresponsive. The AirLife Helicopter was then requested to meet the crew at Habersham Medical Center.


“They lost a pulse while transporting the child to the hospital and they continued to work him in the ER with the flight crew there but he was pronounced [dead] about an hour after the accident,” Black said.


Gregory Thompson was also transported to Habersham Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.


The driver of the Honda Accord, 78-year old Donald Preece of Clarkesville, was extricated from the car by emergency crews and taken to the trauma center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with serious injuries.


A press release from the Georgia State Patrol says Gregory Thompson is charged with DUI, DUI Child Endangerment, Serious Injury, First-degree vehicular homicide, Child Restraint, Due Care, Failure to Maintain Lane and Driving on the Wrong Side of the Roadway.


The Georgia State Patrol Post 7 in Toccoa is still investigating the crash with assistance from a specialized collision reconstruction team.


This is the second automobile accident worked by Habersham Emergency Services in a two-day-span that involved a child. An eight-year-old girl was critically injured in a Saturday wreck in Baldwin on GA-365 and Duncan Bridge Road. She remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition.


“I think people forget that our personnel, they’re humans,” Black said. “They hurt when people die and when it’s kids, it impacts that much more.”


In a statement released shortly after the crash, Black asked the community to keep the family of those injured in prayer along with emergency and law enforcement personnel.