In Georgia, vehicular homicide charges are generally charged as either first-degree vehicular homicide, which is a felony, or second-degree vehicular homicide, which is a misdemeanor. In order to be charged with felony vehicular homicide, it generally means that the other driver was under the influence or committed another serious traffic violation, such as reckless driving, fleeing from police, or hit-and-run. The penalties for felony vehicular homicide not only include the state-enforced penalties like jail time, license suspension, and fines and fees, but can also include a civil suit brought by the victim’s families, where they can seek punitive damages as well as compensatory damages.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reports on a woman facing felony vehicular homicide charges in an accident that killed another motorist.
The accident took place on Saturday on I-85 North near Pleasant Hill Road.
33-year-old Amanda Parker failed to maintain her lane and hit a disabled vehicle on the side of the interstate. Inside the vehicle was 24-year-old Najee Clarke. The force of the impact sent Clarke’s vehicle into traffic. Clarke’s vehicle was then hit by a tractor-trailer, where it burst into flames.
Witnesses to the accident stopped and were able to pull Clarke from the vehicle, but he succumbed to his injuries.
Parker was arrested in alcohol-related DUI charges. In addition to first-degree homicide by vehicle, Parker is also facing charges of reckless driving and improper lane change. Records indicate that between 2005 and 2010, Parker has been arrested 14 times on numerous charges.
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