According to ValuePenguin, driving faster than the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions is the leading cause of fatal accidents in 34 states and Washington, D.C. Statistically, speeding accounted for 22% of all fatal accidents. DUI accounted for 14%, making speeding and DUI the top two causes of fatal motor vehicle crashes. Washington, D.C. has the highest incidence of motor vehicle fatalities where speed was the major factor, where 40% of fatal accidents were attributed to speed. Georgia, on the other hand, had fewer instances where speed was a factor, with less than 10%. Speeding can also impact you financially; a speeding ticket can raise your insurance rates.
The Clayton Tribute reports that a teenager has been charged after a high-speed wreck claimed the life of two people.
The crash occurred on SR 441 near Cardinal Street on Monday, December 30th.
19-year-old Sergio Garcia was traveling south on SR 441 at a high rate of speed. Just prior to the crash, a Dillard police officer checked Garcia’s speed and determined that it was 98 miles per hour.
He struck a Chevrolet Trax occupied by 60-year-old Donna Veralyn Mcconnell and 52-year-old Lorie Jeanne Smathers. Both had to be extricated from the vehicle. Both died at the scene due to the injuries they sustained in the crash.
Garcia has been charged with numerous offenses, including speeding, following too closely, reckless driving, driving under the influence, open container, and is facing two charges of first-degree homicide by vehicle.
Garcia was airlifted to Grady Medical Center in Atlanta.
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