The Duluth Patch reports on a woman who was hit and killed as she stopped to assist a motorist who had been involved in an accident.
The Gwinnett County Police Department is still investigating the accident, which happened at about 1 a.m. on Sunday. Preliminary evidence indicates that 20-year-old Kayli Guthrie, of Dacula, stopped at a crash involving 64-year-old Elvester Sykes of Lawrenceville. Sykes had hit the left median wall. Upon coming up to the crash, Guthrie pulled over to render aid to Sykes.
At that time, 27-year-old Jonathan Gresham, of Grayson, was approaching the left lane in a Ford Fusion. He attempted to brake but was unable to stop in time. He struck Sykes’ Ford Explorer and continued between the Explorer and the median wall. He then struck Guthrie. Guthrie died of her injuries at the scene.
Gresham continued driving for about a half mile before he stopped to call 911.
Speed and impairment are being investigated as factors in the collision.
Georgia is unique when it comes to recovering expenses from DUI-related car accidents. It is one of the few states that offers a victim compensation program. Persons injured in a drunk driving accident may apply to receive up to $15,000 in medical expenses, up to $6,000 in funeral expenses, up to $3,000 in counseling expenses, up to $10,000 in economic support expenses, and up to $1,500 in crime scene sanitation. However, not everyone will qualify for this state-offered compensation. This is why a personal injury lawsuit may be in a person’s best interest. The driver need not even have been convicted of DUI to bring about a civil liability suit.