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Man Charged in DUI Death Released on Bond

Charged with DUI and vehicular homicide in the death of Grady Hospital EMT Jason Dale Strickland, Francisco Ferrer was released from jail on $300,000 bond.

Charged with DUI and vehicular homicide in the death of Grady Hospital EMT Jason Dale Strickland, 32-year-old Francisco Ferrer of Dallas was allowed to bond out of jail.

Douglas County Superior Court Judge Robert James set Ferrer's bond at $300,000 in an order filed with the County Clerk's Office on Dec. 26. James had originally denied bond to Ferrer in April of 2012, when he was originally in court.

It is not clear why the change in decision. James' office said the judge would not comment on an on-going case.

Ferrer was traveling west on Interstate 20 in March of 2012 when his Honda Element struck Strickland’s Harley Davidson from behind, said Gordy Wright, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan Leonard told the court that Ferrer was drunk with a blood alcohol content of .125, the Douglas County Sentinel reported. The impact ejected Strickland from the motorcycle and into the center travel lane where he was hit by a tractor-trailer truck.

“I just don’t know how you wouldn’t know immediately that you had hit a Harley—that’s a big bike—unless you were so drunk that you were incoherent to all that was going on around you,” James said at the original trial, the Sentinel reported. “I do feel that there is a likelihood that you would do this again. Mr. Ferrer, you are not the first person to stand before me accused of having killed someone after a fun night at Fannie’s. Bond is denied.”

Terri Johnston April 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM
You ma'am should be ashamed of yourself. My husband is a firefighter and a paramedic. It is the fault of the person that hit Jason, not Jason. No one said that he was a saint but now he has children that will grow up without a father due to the stupidity of Ferrer. No matter Jason's profession, he is allowed to drive a motorcycle and feel safe on the road. Statistically, more motorcycle drivers are hurt or killed by motorist driving cars and trucks than by their own stupidity. Motorists don't seem to understand that you cannot discount the maneuverability of a motorcycle as it is very similar to a very small car. Get your facts before jumping on the negativity bandwagon of this selfless man who committed his life to helping others. What good do you do in our community?
shanda willis April 16, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Dear Terri, Please read MY COMMENT BELOW RETRACTING this statement. I did NOT know all the facts when I wrote such an ignorant remark. Ferrer should be Punished in the WORST possible way and I have since learned what a horrible person this vile and repulsive menace to society truly is. Again, I am wholeheartedly sorry for my initial ignorance. I have apologized and admitted to my ignorance and I am so very TRULY SORRY for the Loss of Jason's life and YOUR POOR FAMILY's daily Pain. I wish I could take it away. I hope that "FERRER" (FRANCISCO) will be given every single day possible and then some and I hope that they make him sorry for what he has done but knowing him from what I've heard, he is only sorry for himself and has NO compassion for your family. I am NOT supporting him or his actions. I was misinformed. God Bless You All.
Dandee April 16, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Not on house arrest!!! live in a relatives community and has caused a lot of trouble there. He comes and goes as he pleases and doesn't have any remorse or he wouldn't be causing trouble for neighbors. He is a disgrace to not only Hispanics but to the human race. Needs to be thrown in the worst prison possible and maybe he would value something more than himself. They have to pretend to like him because they are afraid of him.
Mike April 17, 2013 at 06:15 AM
The link below is a case of a 21 year old who got 15 years for the same charge that one could almost have pity for. In the case of Ferrer, His case BEGS for the maximum sentence and is much worse than the one in the link. I hope the Honorable Prosecutors and Judges will make certain that "TRUE" Justice is served in this case. The facts of this case is absolutely "Horrific" and makes my blood boil with Contempt seeing what this 'thing' done and the valuable life that he took from society and to know that Jason's body was literally shredded when he saved the lives of so many others each day. Just an ATROSITY.
Mike April 17, 2013 at 06:16 AM
http://www.atlantacriminaldefenseblog.net/2011/05/georgia-man-gets-15-years-for-homicide-by-vehicle-other-charges.shtml, This is the link left out of my previous comment.

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