A couple from Woodstock who were killed in a crash on Interstate 75 last week, has been identified as Russ Musgrove and his wife Karen. According to the Georgia State Patrol, a 50 year old Tennessee man has been accused in connection with the accident and charged under DUI Tennessee laws.

A Selfish Act

The accident occurred around 9 pm on the night of October 30th, and happened just south of Adairsville. The initial police reports show that Charles Porter, of Manchester, Tennessee was the man behind the wheel in a 2008 BMW when he struck the 2004 Ford Explorer carrying the Musgroves. The subsequent police investigation of the accident reveals that Porter’s vehicle crashed into Musgrove’s car while it was travelling southbound on the I-75 near a mile marker 300.

The collision sent Musgrove’s’ car off the roadway and down an embankment on the road. The couple was found dead at the scene. Charles Porter was arrested by the police and has been accused as per DUI Tennessee laws. The drunk driver was charged with two counts of first-degree homicide by vehicle, along with a charge of felony possession as he was carrying marijuana on his person, DUI, open container, and several other traffic offenses.

A Charming Couple

Russ Musgrove, 52, was a 1981 graduate from Columbia Central High School, and then earned a degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1985. Karen on the other hand was 50, and also studied in the Middle Tennessee State University, graduating in 1986. Russ worked as the vice president of claims in Alpharetta for AXIS Insurance, and his company men described him as “loved and respected” by everyone who knew him. His obituary says that Russ Musgrove was a jazz lover and loved riding his motorcycle.

Charles Porter is responsible for this heinous act.

Karen is described as a music lover, who enjoyed tennis and being with loved ones in her family and friends. She is remembered as a kind heated, friendly, and her infectious laugh will be missed by all those who were close to her.

The duo met in college during the time they were studying together and were married in March 1988. They settled in Woodstock in 2002 but had lived in Tennessee and Alabama before. They are survived by their three children―Russell Brent Musgrove Jr., 24, Jake Marshall Musgrove, 22, and Emily Suzanne Musgrove, 19. They were known to be committed parents, who were also active members in their community and dedicated Christians.

Family Holds Memorial Service

Porter was initially taken to the Bartow County jail, where the drunk offender was held without a bond. He was then bound over to the Bartow County Superior Court for a bond hearing on Monday, according to the authorities.

A memorial service for Russ and Karen Musgrove, is scheduled for 6 pm Wednesday, the 5th of November, at their church Hillside United Methodist Church in Woodstock. Apart from the couple’s three children, the Musgrove’s’ parents, close family members and community members are expected to take part in the memorial service. The church is also allowing for donations to be made in the Musgrove’s’ name in lieu of flowers.