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Driver charged in crash that killed passenger

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — An Atlanta driver made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court Thursday on charges related to a crash that killed his passenger in January.

Tommie Jason Robinson Jr., 21, faces charges of homicide by vehicle, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving. Clayton County Magistrate Judge Richard Brown denied bond on the most serious charge and approved Robinson for a public defender. Robinson is being held in the Clayton County Jail.

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Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Tommie Robinson listens to instructions from Clayton County Magistrate Judge Richard Brown.

Brown said Robinson had been drinking alcohol at a party just prior to the Jan. 21 crash that killed Eddie Justin Alexander, 20, of Kissimmee, Fla. According to the warrant read by Brown, Robinson was seen weaving in and out of traffic on I-75, achieving speeds in excess of more than 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Police said he lost control of the SUV he was driving as he tried to negotiate a curve and hit a median wall. The SUV overturned several times, causing Alexander to hit his head on the pavement near Old Dixie Highway about 11 p.m.

Robinson was taken to an Atlanta hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash, said police.

Brown said Thursday that Robinson's license was suspended for a failure to appear in court warrant issued prior to the crash.

Robinson told Brown he had no questions related to the charges and was taken back to jail. His next court appearance is April 2, said Brown.