A tragic crash earlier this month has taken the life of one University of Georgia student and left two others seriously injured after a driver crossed into oncoming traffic and struck three bicyclists who were approaching head-on. According to a local news report discussing the crash, the 31-year-old driver of the SUV was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and charged with a first-degree felony homicide charge as a result of the crash. Although the driver initially blamed the crash on her trying to use a cell phone while driving, a statement she made to police during their investigation resulted in the DUI charge being pursued.
According to the news report, the crash occurred when the defendant, who was driving an SUV, became distracted and crossed into oncoming traffic on an Athens road near the UGA campus. The three bicyclists were riding together in the opposite direction in a single-file line and were struck by the defendant’s vehicle. One of the bikers was hit directly head-on by the SUV and died at the scene, while the other two suffered glancing blows from the vehicle that resulted in their crashing and suffering serious injuries. According to the article, the crash is still under investigation, although the defendant has been arrested and charged with DUI as well as a homicide charge for her role in the fatal crash.