In Georgia, when a car crash results in a fatality, the driver can expect serious charges. Felony charges are a definite possibility. Second-degree vehicular homicide is a misdemeanor. First-degree vehicular homicide is a felony. Vehicular homicide is normally charged when an accident occurs that causes the death of another person while the driver is either driving recklessly, driving under the influence, fleeing from a law enforcement officer, attempting to pass or overtake a school bus, or leaves the scene of the accident. The maximum penalty for each death or serious injury is 15 years, which can be stacked if numerous people are hurt or killed.
WSB TV reports that a UGA alum who just graduated from medical school was killed after a crash with a suspected drunk driver. The accident occurred on January 18th in Smyrna.
The 26-year old male victim was driving home from his post-medical training class in Smyrna on Highlands Parkway. The other driver, identified as Brent Douglas Davis, turned left onto Highlands Parkway Drive from the Highlands Grove Business Park. He hit the driver’s side of the victim’s 2016 Chrysler 200.
Emergency crews had to cut the doors off of the victim’s vehicle to free him. He was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with critical injuries. He succumbed to his injuries two days later. At the scene, police asked Davis to exit the vehicle to speak with them. They noted that Davis was unsteady, his speech was slurred, and his breath smelled of recent mouthwash.
David declined a field sobriety test and told officers that he was not intoxicated. Officers later found cans of beer inside the vehicle and a bottle of mouthwash. Davis has been charged with homicide by vehicle and DUI.
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