In Georgia, homicide by vehicle may be a misdemeanor in certain cases. Given other circumstances, it may be a felony. It all depends on the other traffic laws that the driver violated at the time of the accident that caused the deaths. For example, a driver who was not wearing a seatbelt gets into an accident and their passenger, who was also not restrained, is killed. They may be charged with second-degree vehicular homicide. However, a driver who was driving recklessly at the time of the accident may be charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, which is a felony. The law is very specific in the circumstances required for a first-degree vehicular homicide charge.
11 Alive reports that a woman has been charged in a Gwinnett County crash that killed two truckers. 28-year-old Leah Knox was arrested after being released from the hospital following an early morning crash that happened on January 24th near Suwanee. Knox was charged with homicide by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, and driving too fast for conditions.
At around 1:30 a.m., officers were called to the crash on Interstate 85 southbound between the Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Old Peachtree Road exits. A preliminary investigation led police to believe that Knox was driving a gray 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse when she lost control of the vehicle. She hit the guardrail on the right side of the interstate, bounced off, and reentered traffic.
A tractor-trailer being driven by a 63-year-old male hit the Mitsubishi as it bounced off the guardrail. It then continued traveling forward until it struck the median wall, taking another semi-truck with it. Both tractor-trailer drivers were killed in the accident. Knox suffered from injuries that were not believed to have been life-threatening.
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