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Police: Man charged with DUI in funeral procession crash

LILBURN, Ga. — A hearse was struck and flipped several times during a funeral procession in metro Atlanta and police say the man who hit it is charged with DUI, drug, and traffic offenses.

News outlets, citing a Lilburn police report, said Troy Hickey is accused of ignoring officers stopping traffic and slamming into the hearse Friday. Two funeral directors inside were taken to a hospital but their conditions weren’t provided.

Police say Hickey told an officer he used methadone, a synthetic opioid, three weeks ago. But the officer said ‘‘fresh track marks’’ or injection wounds were on his arms.

It’s unclear if Hickey has a lawyer who could comment.

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The family of 90-year-old Evelyn Mary Osborne says she protected them even in death as her hearse was hit, not the limousine they were in.