Articles Posted in Hit-and-Run Accidents

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In late October, a woman was found by authorities dead on the side of a DeKalb County road after being hit by a car. According to one local news report, police revealed that the woman’s body was found around Glenwood Road at around 9:30 p.m. At the time of discovery, the authorities believed that the woman was just the victim of a hit-and-run, but further investigation revealed that she had been shot in the head as well.

roadside-barrier-warning-sign-1203025According to witness reports and 911 logs, gunfire was called in shortly before the woman was found on the side of the road. However, the police chief has not confirmed that those calls were related to the woman’s death. Regardless, it seems clear at this point that this is at least a hit-and-run accident, and perhaps something more sinister.

Georgia’s Strict Rules Concerning Hit-and-Run

A hit-and-run accident is considered one of the most serious vehicle-related offenses in Georgia. These types of accidents often entail more serious punishments than DUI convictions. In many instances, a hit-and-run occurs because the other driver is afraid of the consequences he or she will face because of hitting another individual in an accident that the driver caused.

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A 34-year-old man has finally been sentenced after being involved in a fatal hit-and-run while he was under the influence. According to one local news report covering the scene, the man was convicted of four DUIs prior to being involved in this accident.

beers-1329972Evidently, the victim was driving east on the highway when the defendant attempted to turn into a parking lot. Unfortunately, the defendant did not yield to the motorcyclist, and a collision occurred. The victim’s motorcycle was hit by the front of the defendant’s car, and instead of calling authorities, the defendant left the scene of the accident and ran into a nearby apartment complex.

Eventually, witnesses called emergency personnel, and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital. Police were able to apprehend the defendant, and his blood alcohol content revealed that it was more than twice the legal limit. The victim sadly died 11 days after being hospitalized. The defendant recently pled guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a crash and DUI manslaughter. He was sentenced to a 30-year prison term in addition to probation for 11 years after his release. His license has been permanently suspended.

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Earlier this month, a Georgia woman was arrested and charged with drunk driving and fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury after she allegedly struck a pedestrian and then fled the scene. According to one local news source, the accident took place around 10:20 in the evening on Pat Mell Road in Cobb County.

car-crash-1432754-mEvidently, the woman was driving a Pontiac Bonneville west on Pat Mell Road when she struck the pedestrian, who was crossing from the west to the east. Rather than stopping to see if the accident victim was all right or needed emergency medical assistance, the driver fled the scene.

Police found the driver a few hours later and arrested her. The evidence suggested that she was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision, and she was charged with drunk driving in addition to fleeing the scene. The accident victim was eventually transported to the hospital and, at the time of the article’s publication, was still in critical condition.

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Late last week, a Dunwoody resident was found on the side of the road after what appears to be a hit-and-run accident. According to a local news report, the victim was found at approximately 6 a.m. on the west side of the highway near Roswell Road. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, they reported that it seemed as if the victim was hit by several cars. Unfortunately, she was left in a state where she was unrecognizable. Investigations have revealed that it was likely that the victim walked onto the street and was subsequently hit by the cars.

car-chase-937355-mAs of the most recent news reports, it does not seem that police have been able to identify the driver of the car. The only information they have is a possible witness account that the vehicle was a white pickup truck with a shell on the back of it. The case is still being considered a hit-and-run.

Hit and Run Accidents in Georgia

In Georgia, a hit-and-run accident is considered as such when an individual leaves the scene of an accident that they caused. This act can actually be considered a felony even if no fatality occurs. In Georgia, individuals who are involved in an accident have the duty to provide their insurance and other identifying information. Furthermore, an individual has to contact emergency personnel if any injury has resulted because of the accident. This should be done as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Late last week, a man was killed after being hit by a truck near Savannah. An investigation has revealed that the man was a Vero Beach, Florida resident. According to one local news report, the man was walking on Abercorn Street, which is a main road in Savannah, Georgia, when the incident occurred. It seems as if a 1999 or 2000 SUV slammed into the man and caused him to be thrown into nearby bushes and shrubbery.

skid-marks-421185-mThe driver of the car involved in the accident did not stop to assist the man and instead drove off. The man was found on the ground near a motel sometime after the accident. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene where his body was discovered. Currently, Georgia State Police are investing the incident and are in search of the car and driver.

Liability in Hit-and-Run Accidents in Georgia

All accidents have the potential to result in serious physical and emotional damage, but hit-and-runs can be particularly devastating. In Georgia, an accident is considered a hit-and-run if an individual strikes another occupied car or person and leaves the scene.

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Earlier this week, a driver was involved in a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a 29-year-old victim. A local Georgia newspaper article reported that police are in search for the driver who fled the scene of the crime. Apparently, the victim was driving south on his motorcycle on GA 247 on Tuesday, November 11. At some point, a Toyota pickup truck turned into the wrong lane and hit the victim’s motorcycle.

Witnesses reported that they had to veer out of their lanes to avoid the accident. They also indicated that it did not seem that the Toyota driver even attempted to get out of his lane. The victim, who was a volunteer fire-fighter, was airlifted to Navicent Health, where he unfortunately passed away.

firefighter-2-1067344-mDuty of Those Who Cause Automobile Accidents in Georgia

In Georgia, an accident is considered a hit-and-run when a driver’s actions cause an accident or contribute to one, and the wrongdoer flees the scene of the incident. Under Georgia law, individuals who cause or are involved in an accident that results in injury or damage to others or their property must abide by certain rules and regulations. First, the driver must either stop or immediately return to the scene of the accident and provide identifying information. The driver then has to provide the other individuals involved in the accident with his or her driver’s license information. He or she then must try to either assist the driver or arrange transportation to a medical provider if the victim is suffering from obvious injuries. Lastly, it is crucial that the driver call the police or emergency personnel if there is any indication that the victim is hurt, unconscious, or otherwise unable to describe his or her present condition.

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