In Georgia, like many other states, a DUI is usually a misdemeanor charge. There are some circumstances when a DUI can be charged as a felony. The fourth DUI a person has been convicted of in the last 10 years can be charged as a felony. If you are driving while intoxicated and are in an accident that causes serious injuries, you can be charged with serious injury by vehicle, which is a felony charge. If the accident kills someone else, you may be charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, which is also a felony. Any of these charges, which are separate from the DUI charge, can cause your DUI to be charged as a felony.
11 Alive reports on a suspected DUI driver who killed a 3-year-old child in an accident in Banks County. The accident happened at about 3 p.m. on March 23rd on Interstate-85 in Banks County. Preliminary findings indicated that two vehicles were struck by a third as they stopped for traffic that had backed up from an accident further up the roadway.
A Dodge Ram 1500 truck struck the rear-end of a Toyota Corolla. This forced the Corolla off the shoulder and onto the median. The truck continued forward and struck a second vehicle, this time a Honda Accord, causing both vehicles to roll forward until they both came to an uncontrolled rest.
Four adults who were in various vehicles involved in the accident were injured, but their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. A 7-year-old in the Corolla was seriously injured and was taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. A 3-year-old who was in the same vehicle was taken to Northridge Medical Center in Commerce, where the child later died.
The driver of the truck, identified as Charles Raymond Evans is facing charges of felony vehicular homicide, felony serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence, reckless driving, following too closely, and driving with an expired tag.
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