Georgia has two different kinds of vehicular homicide charges. One of those charges is a misdemeanor, which is typically charged when there are no other egregious traffic violations. However, the charge of first-degree vehicular homicide is a felony and prosecutors can choose to make this charge when there is another charge, such as DUI, to support the case. One teen is facing charges of first-degree vehicular homicide for her involvement in an incident in which a friend fell from her vehicle.
Authorities allege that 17-year-old Abigail Cook was driving drunk when her friend, Alyssa Prindle, fell from the vehicle.
The accident occurred on July 5th. Cook had been driving while Prindle hung outside the window, screaming and yelling. Prindle fell from the vehicle and hit the roadway. She was placed in a medically induced coma.
On Wednesday, July 25th, Prindle died as a result of her injuries. Doctors determined that there was nothing more that could be done for the teen.
Cook had been out on bond, but she was re-arrested in light of the upgraded charges of first-degree vehicular homicide. Cook has since bonded out of jail on a $27,720 bond.
Police state that Cook had admitted to drinking earlier and smelled of an alcoholic beverage. It is also alleged that Cook obtained a bottle of raspberry vodka for a group of minors.
Prindle had just recently graduated from Pope High School and had planned on attending Georgia Southern University.
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