Days after a fatal car accident in Temple, Georgia, law enforcement officials have determined that a drunk driver was responsible.
Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of the driver, who was originally treated for injuries and released following the Feb. 18 one-car crash. The incident claimed the life of one passenger and injured the other two. When apprehended, the man faces charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, serious injury by vehicle and several driving violations.
The accident happened at about 1:05 a.m., when the driver's 1994 Ford Probe went off the road and flipped, ejecting the driver and one passenger. A 27-year-old man from Temple, who was seated in the front passenger seat, died in the accident, while the others were treated at a hospital. One of those passengers, a 26-year-old male from Villa Rica, has been released, but a 24-year-old Temple man, who was thrown from the car, has yet to regain consciousness.
Police spoke to the driver following the accident because he was the only one who could speak at the time. The driver claimed that he was not even in the car during the crash, and that he encountered the wreck after it happened. A further investigation by police determined he was the driver and that alcohol played a role in the crash.
An investigator determined that the man was speeding before the accident and passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone, leading to the crash. While some say that passengers who get in a car with a drunk driver know the risks involved, no one should have their safety jeopardized by a negligent driver who can't follow the rules of the road.
Source: Times-Georgian.com, "Driver in fatal wreck sought," Kelly Quimby, Feb. 23, 2012
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