In Georgia, if a person is killed in an auto accident, the driver responsible may be charged with vehicular homicide. There are two vehicular homicide charges in Georgia: first degree and second degree. A charge of first-degree vehicular homicide in Georgia is a felony charge. It generally means that the driver was driving while intoxicated and committed another serious traffic offense. This can include offenses like reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, passing or overtaking a school bus, and hit-and-run. The punishment for the felony charge, if convicted, is a term of between three and fifteen years in state prison.
U.S. News reports that a man has been charged in a drunken crowd that killed a two-year-old.
The crash happened on Sunday, March 15th in Blairsville, Georgia.
According to the Georgia State Police, 23-year-old Hunter Ethan Elliott was driving a Ford Super Duty truck toward an intersection where a Ford Escape was sitting.
Elliott slammed into the rear of the Ford Escape. The two-year-old child who was in the back seat of the SUV was killed in the crash. The child’s father was driving, and the mother was in the front passenger seat. Both parents suffered from serious injuries. The mother is 23 weeks pregnant.
Elliott also suffered from injuries in the crash, but he declined to be treated. Elliott is facing charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, and driving under the influence. He was denied bond.
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