As with many other states, vehicular homicide or homicide by vehicle can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor in Georgia. The differences between the two can mean the difference between just a few months in jail and some fines to the possibility of a life sentence in the case of consecutive vehicular homicide charges. When a DUI is involved, the vehicular homicide charge becomes first-degree vehicular homicide, which is a felony.
The Times-Georgian reports on an accident where a man is facing vehicular homicide charges.
23-year-old Luke Furr of Villa Rica is facing charges of DUI and homicide by vehicle for his role in an accident that took place on May 8th.
Furr was driving a Saturn SC2 east on Highway 101 in Carroll County. He failed to maintain his lane and swerved off of the roadway. When he attempted to return to the roadway, he overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle overturned.
25-year-old Amanda Blackwell was partially ejected through the vehicle’s sunroof during the accident. She died as a result of the injuries that she sustained.
Furr fled the scene of the accident on foot. Late Tuesday night, however, Carroll County deputies were able to arrest him and transport him to the Carroll County Jail.
Furr is facing charges of first-degree homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, hit and run, failure to report an accident, possession of an open alcohol container, weaving over the roadway, distracted driving, and hindering or obstruction of law enforcement.
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