Two Fatal Car Wrecks Add Somber Note To Memorial Day Celebrations
A young man died at the scene of a crash with a tractor-trailer, and a woman was also killed in separate car accidents on Memorial Day weekend. Both accidents were terribly tragic and, as is so often the case, the driver at fault was neither killed nor seriously hurt in either wreck. Two young lives were lost due to the recklessness or carelessness of other drivers. These stories should serve to remind motorists that driving a motor vehicle is accompanied by a grave responsibility to operate safely, so other's lives are not placed at risk.
On Friday of Memorial Day weekend, a 24-year-old man died when he struck the rear of a tractor-trailer, according to WSB-TV. First responders pronounced the young man dead at the scene. The accident occurred on I-75 northbound near the interchange with Delk Road in Cobb County. The violent crash and its aftermath shut down all but the two left-hand lanes.
The accident appears to have been avoidable. Witnesses say that a driver carelessly made a lane change which set off a chain-reaction cras, which propelled the young man into the back of a tractor-trailer. The force of the impact with the tractor-trailer killed the driver. Law enforcement officers arrested the driver who dangerously changed lanes. They charged him with homicide by motor vehicle, improper lane change, and failure to change address within 60 days of moving.
The young man who died was on his way to see his mother in Marietta. Despite the tragedy, the man's family holds no ill will toward the driver by whose hand their son and brother was killed. The man's family does want justice to be done. The accident victim's brother summed up a motorist's responsibility well when he told reporters he hopes people will learn from his brother's senseless death. In speaking about his brother's death to reporters, the man said, "We're all accountable for the next driver. Be conscious of people around you. Don't risk it."
The other accident involved a woman who was visiting Atlanta from San Francisco. She was attending a friend's birthday celebration when she died from the injuries she sustained in an accident which appears to have been utterly avoidable. Police arrested the man they said tried to flee from them after police who were in undercover cars signaled for him to stop. Instead, the 25-year-old man raced away in a desperate attempt to avoid apprehension. While fleeing from police, the man ignored a red light and recklessly drove into an intersection in Southwest Atlanta around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The crash occurred at the intersection of Peters and McDaniel Streets.
The man who was running from police struck a white Ferrari broadside on the front passenger's door. The woman who was killed was in the passenger's seat. She died at the scene of the crash. The driver a Ferrari was not seriously injured. Neither was the driver of the fleeing motor vehicle. Police arrested that man and charged him with homicide by motor vehicle. Additional charges may be coming. Police later learned that the 25-year-old was driving a stolen car. The reckless driver appeared to be agitated or upset about something when police pulled him out of the car, according to witness statement to reporters. He suffered minor injuries in the crash.
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