Georgia law states that drivers have a duty to stop when they are involved in an accident. The legal term for failing to do so is called leaving the scene of an accident, also known as a hit-and-run. While some drivers may simply get scared and leave, many others also flee due to being intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, a poor driving history, or other criminal activity. For accidents involving striking an unattended vehicle, the driver will be charged with a misdemeanor. However, accidents that involve serious injury or death can be charged as a felony hit-and-run. Not only this, but the driver could face additional charges such as vehicular manslaughter or homicide.
11 Alive reports that a teen girl has died in an accident involving a vehicle stolen from a car dealership in Smyrna.
The incident happened on Sunday morning at about 4:40 a.m. when police were investigating an alarm at Nalley Lexus Smyrna. They discovered that a door had been forced open. Multiple suspects escaped from the dealership and police noticed a stolen grey SUV fleeing from the parking lot.
Smyrna police proceeded west on Spring Road and saw the allegedly stolen vehicle north on Bell Drive. The SUV sped down Bell Drive until the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to crash into a home at the corner of Afton Way.
The driver was able to escape the wreckage, leaving three passengers behind. The two male passengers were treated at ethe scene and later taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.
A female passenger reported to be a teenager died at the scene of the crash.
The Smyrna Police Chief has requested that the Georgia State Patrol investigate the collision.
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