In Georgia, drivers have a duty to stop and exchange or leave their information when an accident occurs that causes property damage or injury to another person. If injury or death is involved, the driver has a duty to stop and contact emergency services and render assistance. Failure to do so is classified as a hit-and-run. A hit-and-run involving just property damage is normally prosecuted as a misdemeanor. However, if injuries are involved, it can be charged as a felony. If someone is killed during the commission of a hit-and-run, not only will the driver be charged with felony hit-and-run, they can also be charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, which is also a felony.
11 Alive reports that a hit-and-run accident on GA 400 has left one person dead and another seriously injured in Sandy Springs.
The incident occurred on May 10th at 400 North near the Sandy Springs MARTA Station.
Sandy Springs Police reported that an unknown black vehicle caused a wreck with two other cars on the interstate. A 2017 Hyundai Elantra was completely disabled and stuck in the roadway.
Two good Samaritan motorists were able to stop and assist the driver of the Hyundai and the passengers. They asked the driver and the passengers to get into her vehicle so that they were not in the roadway. The two passengers were able to make it back into the vehicle.
A 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan lost control and hit the driver of the Hyundai while he was trying to get into the good Samaritan’s vehicle. The Toyota also struck the good Samaritan’s vehicle.
The driver of the Hyundai, identified as a 23-year-old male, was killed.
The driver of the Toyota fled the scene, but investigators have identified them as 31-year-old Kiara Stinner. Stinner is facing charges of vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license and hit-and-run.
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