Access Dunwoody reports on a fatal crash that claimed the life of a man on Thanksgiving Day. 51-year-old Kurt Kesler was killed when the 2001 GMC Safari van he was driving was struck by a 2006 Chevy Cobalt. Georgia State Patrol received a request to investigate the accident, which occurred on Ga. 63 at Wells Road in Banks County.
24-year-old Taylor McGaughey was traveling south on Wells Road, approaching Ga. 63 when she failed to stop at a stop sign. She collided with the left side of the van, which had been traveling east. The collision forced the van off of the roadway, where it then crashed into a tree. The car McGaughey was driving was overturned.
Kesler’s passengers, which included Diedre Kesler and two teenaged children, aged 12 and 15, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
McGaughey was arrested and charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to stop at a stop sign.
In Georgia, if you get into an accident by disregarding traffic laws and that accident claims the life of another person involved, you could be looking at a charge of second-degree vehicular homicide. While considered a misdemeanor, being convicted of the charge can mean up to a year in jail and a maximum of $1,000 in fines. This is in addition to any civil liability that might be deemed a person’s responsibility.
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