Homicide by vehicle is a charge that is covered by Georgia law, and it is also known as vehicular manslaughter. It is defined as the killing of another person through the illegal driving of the vehicle, such as drunk driving, speeding, or driving recklessly. The circumstances of the accident can determine if the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is typically charged when someone dies as a result of a driver running a red light, speeding, or distracted driving. Felony vehicular manslaughter requires the driver to have been driving while intoxicated, fleeing from police, committing a hit-and-run offense, or trying to overtake a school bus.
WSB TV reports that a suspected DUI accident has resulted in a man’s arrest and the death of a Smyrna police officer.
The accident occurred on Monday after 11 p.m. on South Cobb Drive at Oak Drive near Interstate 285.
The 34-year-old police officer was in his patrol car when he was hit by 35-year-old Robert Lorenzo Cox, who is from Duluth. The impact of the accident sent the officer’s vehicle into the parking lot of a BP gas station.
The officer was killed in the accident. He had served with the Smyrna Police Department for two years. Before that, he had served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years. He had recently applied to be a member of the DUI Task Force.
Cox is facing charges of homicide by vehicle, DUI, failure to yield, and tampering with evidence. According to the arrest warrant, Cox threw away two Corona beer bottles that were cold to the touch.
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