Spicewood man faces vehicular homicide charge in death of jazz musician in Georgia


SAVANNAH, Ga. — A 52-year-old Spicewood man is behind bars in the Chatham County Jail after the car he was driving June 4 allegedly struck a golf cart and killed the 82-year-old occupant.

According to a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police news release, Robert William Martin faces a felony vehicular homicide charge as well as reckless driving and racing charges.

The police said Martin was traveling at a high rate of speed on the Grand Prize American Roadway on Hutchinson Island in the Savannah community when he allegedly struck a golf cart crossing the roadway from The Westin Savannah Golf Resort and Spa at 11:44 a.m., the release stated.

Jazz musician Benjamin M. Tucker of Savannah was apparently crossing the roadway to a parking lot when the Chrysler 300 struck the golf cart he was in. Tucker was transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, where he died.

Tucker, an upright bass player, performed with jazz stars such as Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, B.B. King and Buddy Rich.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed Tucker to the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

A judge denied bail for Martin.

Savannah-Chatman Metropolitan Police are continuing to investigate the incident.