Georgia’s motor vehicle laws cover the crime of vehicular homicide. In short, vehicular homicide is the killing of another person when driving a motor vehicle and committing another traffic offense. The laws also cover two other differences in felony vehicular homicide and misdemeanor vehicular homicide. The first of the two is only charged when committing a major traffic offense, such as a DUI or attempting to evade the police. The second is charged when the person commits a minor traffic offense, such as following too closely. A misdemeanor conviction can result in a sentence lasting up to 12 months in a county detention facility. A felony conviction can have a sentence of up to 15 years in state prison.
CBS 46 reports that a woman has been charged in a fatal Gwinnett County Crash.
The fatal crash occurred just before 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27th at the intersection of Collins Hill Road and Russell Road in unincorporated Lawrenceville.
20-year-old Natalie Merizalde has since been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield while turning left.
An investigation revealed that Merizalde was driving a Honda Accord and attempted to make a left turn. She turned into the path of a motorcycle being driven by a 49-year-old Suwanee man.
The collision ejected the motorcyclist from the vehicle. He was rushed to a local hospital where he, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries.
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