Justice sought for Capital Region native’s death

Tonya Curtis
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Updated: 12/04/2013 7:44 am

ALBANY, N.Y. – A Capital Region native was killed along a Georgia highway in November, and now her mother says she wants justice.

On November 11, 35-year-old Tonya Curtis was helping three friends who had run out of gas along the side of a Georgia highway when another driver crashed into the two cars killing Tonya and another man standing by the car.

Brenda Jackson is Tonya’s mother.

“She was still sitting in the car, and the drunk driver came by, and he hit everybody and then spun out,” she said.

Police arrested 29-year-old Kevin Poynter and charged him with possession of marijuana and DUI. He was released after posting $3,000 bond.

Jackson is afraid Poynter will never face charges.

“How can he walk away,” she asked. “That’s what scares me.”

Curtis was left the Capital Region a year ago to attend Aviation Maintenance School in Georgia. The accident took place on Interstate 20 in Newton County, Ga.

“She was going to change her life and wanted to be a better person,” Jackson said of her daughter.

Poynter has been arrested before. Three days before the crash, he was bonded out of custody after being arrested at an area Wal-Mart for alleged public drunkenness and possession of a controlled substance.

His release has Tonya’s aunt Joyce Clark Love questioning the leniency of Georgia laws.

“My thing is how does someone have a history of this and continue to drink and drive,” she said.

The District Attorney said Poynter could face more serious charges once the Georgia State Patrol Reconstruction Team finishes its investigation. Meanwhile, Tonya’s family just wants to make sure the justice system does its part in Tonya’s case.

“Everyone is accountable for what they do in life and this one – he needs to be accountable,” Jackson said.

Poynter is expected back in court December 19 for a motion to revoke his bond.

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