Columbus man charged in Sept. 29 crash that killed his wife

A Columbus man was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the Sept. 29 wreck at Moon Road and Whittlesey Boulevard that left his wife dead.

Earl Ellis, 50, turned himself in to Columbus police after he learned authorities had taken out warrants on him for second-degree homicide by vehicle and making an improper left turn.

Police said Ellis was driving north on Moon Road in a Chevrolet Corvette about 11:30 a.m. when the crash occurred. He was attempting to take a left onto Whittlesey Boulevard when a 75-year-old driver in a Dodge Ram pickup truck heading south on Moon Road collided with the Corvette's right side.

Christine Ellis, 49, a passenger in the Corvette, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Both drivers were transported to the hospital for injuries.

Shortly after his arrest, Earl Ellis was released from the Muscogee County Jail on his own recognizance. His bond for the vehicular homicide charge was set at $1,000 while his bond for making an improper left turn was set at $75.

In Georgia homicide by vehicle is defined as the unlawful killing of another person using a vehicle. Second-degree homicide by vehicle is a misdemeanor charge. If convicted, Ellis could serve up to a year in prison or a fine of up to $1,000.