Young Man Killed in Hit and Run Crash Off Lenox Road exit on Georgia Route 400
WSBTV.com reports on a tragic story in which a seventeen-year-old college student lost his life in a crash that happened near the Lenox Road exit on Georgia Route 400. The young man was riding in an SUV with his friends when their vehicle collided with a car. The young man got badly injured in the accident, and his injuries were so severe that he later died from them. Our Georgia Auto Accident Lawyer reports that charges are pending against the driver of the other car, who went away from the scene after the midafternoon wreck. The driver, a juvenile, was eventually located and apprehended.
Young Man Killed in Hit and Run Crash
A recent tragic accident on Georgia Route 400 claimed the life of one young man. The seventeen-year-old college student got fatally injured in a crash that happened near the Lenox Road exit. The young man was a passenger in an SUV that collided with a car. The juvenile driver of the car left the scene of the wreck and charges are pending against them.
Whatever You do, Don't Leave the Accident Scene
The devastating accident mentioned above serves as a reminder to the public that it is never acceptable for the driver of a vehicle to flee the scene of an accident. Georgia law requires that any driver who gets into an accident stop as quickly as possible and remain at the crash scene until help arrives. There are also other things that you must do to abide by the law, including doing what you reasonably can to help anyone who is injured and providing the other party with your driver's license, contact information, and vehicle registration information.
Failure to remain at an accident scene is a crime. If someone got hurt or the other vehicle got damaged, you are likely to be charged with a misdemeanor. If you are convicted, you could have to pay a fine of between three hundred and a thousand dollars, and you could spend up to a year in jail. If someone died in the accident, the penalties are much more severe. You could get charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, which carries a prison sentence of one to five years if you are convicted.
Since leaving the scene of a wreck is a serious offense, one would hope that if a person had done it one time and they were convicted that they would stop and render aid if they were in another accident. Unfortunately, repeat offenses do occur, and Georgia law provides guidelines for penalties second offenses as well as for third and subsequent offenses. A second hit and run charge within five years of your first hit and run charge could result in a fine between six hundred and a thousand dollars, as well as up to a year in jail. Third and subsequent offenses within the same five-year time frame may result in a fine of a thousand dollars and a sentence of up to a year in jail.
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If you got hurt or someone in your family lost their life in a car crash where the other driver did not remain at the scene of the accident, you might also be unsure of what to do next. As is the case with any car crash, the most important thing to do is get medical attention right away. Contact our attorneys at Montlick and Associates to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.
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