Dr. Tyler Tara Wallace Killed in Suspected DUI Crash

Craig L. Boone

Dr. Tyler Tara Wallace, 26, has died due to a suspected DUI crash in Smyrna, Georgia. The crash took place on January 18, 2020. Wallace was under intensive care for two days at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. He died there as a result of his injuries on Monday morning, January 20.

The Crash

At about 6 p.m. on Saturday, the young doctor had completed medical training and was driving home. So, he was in his Chrysler, exiting Highlands Grove Business Park and making a left turn to go east onto Highlands Parkway. Then, a Toyota Tundra pickup traveling west on Highlands Parkway slammed into him near the intersection at Lake Ridge Drive.

According to police, Brent Douglas Davis, 49, of Smyrna, was driving the Tundra at 54 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone. Police also said that Davis had enough room to stop or avoid the crash. However, but he did not decelerate or brake until a second before the collision.

The Arrest

Officers on the scene say that Davis was staggering and slurring his speech at the time. He also had three unopened cans of beer in his truck. However, e refused to take a field sobriety test. Although he denied being drunk, police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  

After Dr. Wallace’s death, police then charged Davis with vehicular homicide in the first degree. They booked Davis into the Cobb County jail on January 22, where he is being held without bond.

Help for Dr. Tyler Tara Wallace’s Family

Dr. Wallace’s Chrysler had extensive damage to the driver’s side doors. Because of this, rescue personnel had to cut the hinges off the front door to extract him from the wreckage.

Dr. Tyler Tara Wallace’s family have established GoFundMe page to raise money for the many expenses related to Wallace’s injuries and memorial service. This tribute states that he graduated from Augusta Medical College in May 2019 and had completed his exams. He planned to begin practicing physical therapy.

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