Hit-and-run driver pleads guilty in death of teenager

Marcia Demarcus

A Fayette County woman who struck and killed a 16-year-old girl last October will be spending the next 15 years behind bars after pleading guilty in Fayette County Superior Court Monday afternoon.

Marcia A. Demarcus, 42, plead guilty to vehicular homicide and other charges, receiving a sentence of 30 years, 15 years to serve in prison and 15 years on probation.

According to Fayetteville Police, Demarcus was driving her Mazda pick-up truck while high on drugs along Hood Avenue just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday October 8, 2016 when she swerved off the roadway and struck two pedestrians who were handing out church literature. Her vehicle struck Linda Long and hit 16-year-old Caelyn Olds head on. Olds died from her injuries.

Demarcus fled the scene, where she was followed by Long’s husband and pulled over soon after by Fayette County deputies.

She was charged with First-Degree Vehicular Homicide, DUI Drugs, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and other charges.

“I am told that the person who crushed the life out of Caelyn had so many traffic violations that she didn’t even have a driver’s license,” said Donald Money, Caelyn’s grandfather, in court. “I will never get to see her sweet face again.”

Judge Fletcher Sams spoke sternly to Demarcus as she was sentenced.

“You owe Caelyn and her memory and you owe her family a lifetime of sobriety,” said Judge Sams.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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