Driver Charged in Tragic Drunk Driving Crash that Killed Two-Year-Old Child in Blairsville, Georgia
BLAIRSVILLE, GA- Wsbtv.com writes that a man from Georgia is facing criminal charges related to a tragic collision that killed a two-year-old child and injured the boy’s parents. Police have now charged the 23-year-old man with felony hit-and-run, first-degree vehicular homicide, and driving under the influence.*
The incident took place this week when the motorist was operating a Ford Super Duty Truck and traveling towards the intersection where the family was stopped in a Ford Escape. The man drove his truck into the rear of the SUV, killing the child who was in the back seat. The boy’s father suffered broken bones, and the mother, who was 23 weeks pregnant at the time, also sustained severe injuries in the horrible crash.
The suspect is being held without bond at the Fannin County Jail.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention writes that 3,699 people died in drunk driving incidents in Georgia between 2003 and 2012. About a third of all traffic fatalities were caused by drunk drivers, despite efforts to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road.
The individuals dedicated to lowering the number of drunk driving deaths have been successful in reducing the number of drivers engaged in this behavior. In 1982, 53 percent of motorists killed in Georgia died in crashes involving drunk motorists. In 2015, about 24 percent of those killed on the state’s roads died in crashes caused by an alcohol-impaired driver.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that 29 percent of people who died in car crashes in the United States were killed in incidents involving drunk motorists.
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