Most drivers do a few things when they see a police officer behind them. They may slow down. They begin paying closer attention to following traffic laws. However, a few drivers may decide to pull away from the officer behind them. If the officer activates their lights, this may make the urge even greater. People will attempt to elude for a number of reasons. Their license may be suspended. They may be intoxicated. They may have a warrant out for their arrest. They may simply just not want to be pulled over. No matter the reason, fleeing the police in Georgia is a felony. If a person is in an accident that kills another person while fleeing, they could be charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports that a driver was killed after a man who was driving a stolen car ran a red light hit her. The crash happened at about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard.
The Atlanta Police Department contacted the Georgia State Patrol to investigate the accident at about 9:15. 55-year-old Trevania Allen was behind the wheel of a was driving a Toyota Corolla when a stolen red Dodge Charger ran a red light and slammed into her. Allen was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where she died.
Two men and a woman ran from the vehicle after the crash. Witnesses say that an Atlanta Police patrol car was chasing the vehicle at the time of the crash, but this is still under investigation. The vehicle sped off when a marked patrol car pulled up behind the stolen vehicle.
They are still trying to determine if the officer was pursuing the stolen vehicle when it crashed.
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