Local man pleads guilty to homicide by vehicle
by Ricky Leroux
August 15, 2014 04:00 AM | 3281 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Damon Latuch
Damon Latuch
MARIETTA — A Marietta man will spend five years in prison for the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in 2013, the Cobb District Attorney’s office reports.

Damon Thomas Latuch, 28, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle in the first degree Thursday morning in the death of Joseph Gathambiri.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Lark Ingram sentenced Latuch to 15 years — five to serve in custody and 10 on probation. Ingram also ordered Latuch to pay more than $9,000 to Gathambiri’s family in restitution, the DA’s office reports.

Assistant District Attorney Marty First said evidence would show Latuch had been drinking at a bar on the night of April 10, 2013, a few hours before the fatal crash. The DA’s office also said First has evidence showing Latuch had been told twice he was too drunk to drive.

Despite those warnings, Latuch drove away from the bar in his pickup truck, and before dawn, Latuch struck Gathambiri, a deaf man who was biking to work, First said. Latuch did not stop and later told coworkers he had hit a deer, the DA’s office reports.

According to the DA’s office, Latuch was arrested by Marietta police hours after the crash, though he has been free on bond since May 20, 2013.

Marietta attorney Clay Thompson represented Latuch.

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