BRUNSWICK, GA. | The 19-year-old driver of a pickup truck that crashed into the rear of a Buick Sunday morning killing a woman did so intentionally and has been charged with vehicular homicide, the Georgia State Patrol said.


Kyle Casmir, 19, was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota when it struck a 1993 Buick LeSabre on Golden Isles Parkway at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, the state patrol said. The passenger in the Buick, Renee Dowdy, 51, was killed on impact and her husband Darryl Dowdy, 50, who was driving, was critically injured and remains hospitalized at UF Health Jacksonville.

In a report completed Tuesday night, Trooper 1st Class Richard Lester said that the Dowdys’ vehicle was the third in a line waiting in a left turn lane at Golden Isles Parkway’s intersection with Walker Road.

The driver of the Dodge truck intentionally struck the Buick in an attempt to commit suicide, Lester’s report says.

The Buick was pushed across the concrete divider of Golden Isles Parkway into the oncoming lane while the Dodge truck overturned on the passenger side near the point of impact, the report says.

The Chevrolet Tahoe that was in front of the Buick was struck from behind and pushed into the rear of a Ford Taurus in front of it, the report says.

The report says Lester had secured a warrant charging Casmir with vehicular homicide and that he would seek additional charges through the district attorney’s office.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and a state patrol Special Collision Investigation Reconstruction Team, or SCIRT, are also investigating.

Lester’s report does not indicate the truck’s speed at impact, but such details are normally provided in SCIRT reports.

Glynn County Undersheriff Ron Corbett said that Casmir knows of the charge against him.

“He is not in our facility but is in our custody,’’ Corbett said. “We were able to serve the warrant, but we haven’t been able to process him.’’

Casmir was injured and was transported to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick hospital after the crash.


Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405