DA Wants Manslaughter Bond Revoked For Man In Flomaton Crash

March 31, 2009

After he was involved in a Flomaton crash just over a week ago, a motion has been filed to revoke the bond for a man charged with manslaughter for a wreck that killed an Atmore couple.

hauer.jpgAuthorities say George Wesley Hauer was involved in an accident that injured a family of four on March 22 on Highway 31 east of Flomaton. At the time of the accident, he had been out on a $300,000 bond for only about two weeks after being charged with manslaughter in Baldwin County for a 2007 wreck that killed an Atmore couple.

“Driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle is a violation of the conditions of the defendant’s bond,” according to the motion filed by Baldwin County Assistant District Attorney Matt Simpson.

A hearing in the case had been scheduled for Wednesday, but court records indicate that it had already been postponed prior to the bond-revocation motion. The case itself is scheduled to be heard in August.

In the March 20, 2007, wreck, Dwight Eugene Nichols, 74, and his wife Wilma Ellavan Nichols, 77, of Atmore were traveling south in a Mercedes E320 on Highway 31 near Perdido, when they collided with a northbound sports utility vehicle driven by Hauer, according to Alabama State Troopers. Both Nichols died a short time later at an area hospital.

The March 22 Flomaton accident happened just after 4:00 p.m. on Highway 31 at Old Fannie Road. Two people were transported to Pensacola by two different LifeFlight helicopters, one to Sacred Heart Hospital and one to Baptist Hospital.

31flomaton10.jpgOfficials say the car, driven by David Smith of Flomaton collided with a truck driven Hauer. Smith was transported to Baptist Hospital by ambulance were he was treated for a broken jaw.

Hauer was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital by LifeFlight in serious condition. He has since been released from the hospital.

State troopers say no charges have been filed in the March 22 accident as they continue their investigation. Troopers have not released further information on the accident.

Leigh Smith, a passenger in car, was transported by LifeFlight to Baptist Hospital in critical condition. Her condition was reportedly upgraded to stable Sunday night. Another passenger in the car, Samantha Bryant, a senior at Flomaton High School, was transported to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola with non life threatening injuries. Passenger Curtis Byrant refused treatment the scene.

Relatives tell us that Curtis Bryant suffered a broken wrist in the accident, and Samantha Bryant suffered just minor injuries. The mother, Leigh Smith remains hospitalized with broken ribs, a broken shoulder and a broken knee.

Pictured above: Rescue workers work to free a victim of a  March 22 accident near Flomaton. Pictured top inset: Baldwin County jail booking photo for George Wesley Hauer.  Pictured bottom inset: The Smith’s car. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.


8 Responses to “DA Wants Manslaughter Bond Revoked For Man In Flomaton Crash”

  1. Tara Smith on April 8th, 2009 10:14 am

    Just a small update for those still following the wreck and outcomes. I spoke with David yesterday and he seemed to be in good spirits. The healing process is going to be a long and tough one. He is healing and at the same time he is tending to Leigh and taking care of two children still in school. He is carrying a mighty load. Please keep them on your prayer list.

  2. randy smith on April 1st, 2009 6:28 pm

    I would like to express appreciation for all your prayers. The prayers have certainally been heard and answered. My uncle and his family would also appreciate any further prayer to be sent for the remaining struggle. As stated before, any type of help is welcomed. My exwife set up a fund at the PenAir Bank if money would like to be donated. Or you can give to David directly. And of course prayer can be given anywhere. I regret that Mr Hauer broke his probation by driving. And am having a tough time wondering why he disobeyed judge orders. This could have all been avoided simply by following court orders. I have a daughter driving now and this has hit home in more than one way. You just never know who is sharing the road with you. But again, thank you so much for the support. *Randy Smith

  3. kristy on April 1st, 2009 12:30 pm

    i just wanted to give an update on Leigh. I spoke with her today @ 9:30 a.m. she was up and sitting in a wheel chair. the doctor came in last night and spoke with her and he wanted her to start physical therapy as soon as possible and that is what she was doing this morning when she called me. she said that she may get to come home by friday according to the doctor if she does well between now and then and no more surgery until about a week or two and that will be on her shoulder cause the doctor wanted to wait a couple of weeks before he does that.

  4. William on March 31st, 2009 10:17 am

    GFS most of your questions are answered in the article.

    “State troopers say no charges have been filed in the March 22 accident as they continue their investigation.”

    It says manslaughter, not DUI manslaughter. As for what happened March 22: “Troopers have not released further information on the accident. ”

    There are not pictures of Hauer’s vehicle because the person that provided us these photos did not send any.

  5. GFS on March 31st, 2009 10:02 am

    Have any charges been filed on this accident 3/27/09? What was Hauer charged with pertaining the accident on 3/20/07? Was it DUI manslaughter?? Also, there are no details of the wreck on 3/27/09 as to who hit who, was it a head-on collision, rear end collision? Why no pictures of Hauer’s auto? Has he been charged in this accident? Please report on this. Thanks.

  6. tara smith on March 31st, 2009 8:43 am

    Thank you once more for the update, William. I’m hoping more facts will be released soon, but I understand the court system stays busy and it will take time. ~ I was told yesterday that Leigh’s first surgery went well. And the next surgery is scheduled for this Wednesday. ~Everyone needs to be careful on the roadways. Wrecks are becoming plentiful around the area.

  7. kristy on March 31st, 2009 8:13 am

    you know it is people like that. that get away with everything if it had been me or someone else we would have done been in jail and charged with everything under the sun and then some.

  8. margarat on March 31st, 2009 7:23 am

    I can’t believe he was driving if he was not suppose to under his bond.

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