Last year, Madrina McCay was indicted for driving under the influence and first-degree vehicular homicide in connection with a Wilmington Island DUI crash that killed her 12-year-old son. In light of this, a Chatham County judge of the superior court has denied bond. The order was issued on Friday, January 7, by Chief Judge Penny Haas Freesemann.
McCay has been deemed as a potential danger to the community; after a re-offense as well as failure to report to the court at a later date. The arraignment date has not been set as of yet. At the moment, McCay stands accused of being impaired at the time of the crash on the morning of August 23rd, 2021 when she crashed her car into a tree. The crash occurred along Johnny Mercer Boulevard on Wilmington Island. This crash resulted in the death of her son who was aged 12.
As per the Georgia State Patrol, a trooper states that they detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from McCay at the time of the incident. According to a GBI Toxicology report, McCay was found with a blood alcohol content level of 0.33. Moreover, she also had prescription medication in her system; while driving at a speed of over 100mph.
Records have shown that McCay has had a history of substance abuse. Several domestic disputes were also reported at her residence. In all of these reports, the police have stated that she either carried an alcohol odor at the time, or her husband at the time stated she was either drinking or taking her prescribed medication. After their divorce that took place in 2020, the husband was awarded primary custody of the children. The son who died in the Wilmington Island DUI crash was visiting McCay when it happened.
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