All it takes is just one wrong move when driving to cause an accident that can turn fatal. And when consuming alcohol, it's much easier for a drunk driver to make those mistakes. In one case, it turned an afternoon family outing into a tragedy.
In this case, the accident left a Georgia man dead and his wife with injuries that required hospitalization. This accident was allegedly caused by a drunk driver.
A 20-year-old man driving a 2005 Ford pickup truck was heading west on U.S. Highway 84 when he rammed into the back of a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis. That collision propelled the pickup truck into the eastbound lane, where it stuck a 2006 Buick Lucerne.
Driving the Buick was a 54-year-old woman, who suffered serious injuries. Her husband, 69, died from the injuries he received in the accident. The driver of the Grand Marquis escaped serious injury.
The younger man then allegedly abandoned his truck, running through a downpour and into a nearby industrial park. Police nabbed him in the industrial park after a foot chase.
Now, he faces a variety of charges in connection to the fatal accident, including hit and run, DUI, homicide by vehicle and serious injury by vehicle.
If the young man driving the truck is indeed found to have caused the fatal accident, the widow and the driver of the Grand Marquis likely would be able to seek damages. It's also important to ask where the young man obtained the alcohol that he consumed. Did an adult provide him with alcohol, even though he isn't of legal drinking age?
Source: The Blackshear Times, "One dead, another hurt in crash," May 8, 2012
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