In Georgia, any accident that claims a life is a tragedy. However, what charges, if any, a driver faces, can depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident. For example, vehicular homicide in the second degree may be charged as a misdemeanor. However, if a driver is driving recklessly, fleeing from the police, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, or passing a school bus stopped to load or unload students at the time of the accident, they may be charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree, which is a felony.
The Canton Patch reports on the recovery of a Cherokee County teen after an accident in which the driver is facing charges of vehicular homicide in the first degree.
17-year-old Chase Burr, a Creekview High School student is recovering following a November 27th accident that injured two other friends, and killed a third.
17-year-old Chase Smith was killed in the accident that happened on the afternoon of November 27th at about 2 p.m.
Burr suffered from a cut to the head, a neck injury, as well as swelling and bruising of his lungs and spinal cord. He passed a milestone last Monday when he was moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a regular hospital room.
The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Yann “Fred” Engamba, as well as another 15-year-old passenger, suffered injuries but were treated and released from the hospital.
Engamba has been charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, and reckless driving in connection with the accident.
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