Mother of Street Racing Victim Advocating for Harsher Penalties in Georgia, U.S.
COBB COUNTY, GA. – According to a news story reported online at wsbtv.com, the mother of a man killed because of a street racing accident is advocating for harsher penalties in the state of Georgia and at the federal level. Police have apprehended one of the drivers believed to have been involved in the race but are still looking for a second driver, according to the report.*
The accident took place earlier in 2019 on Floyd Road in Cobb County, Georgia. Two vehicles were reportedly street racing, and one of the vehicles crashed into a third vehicle that was not involved in the race. The two men inside the third vehicle were tragically killed in the collision, according to WSB-TV.
Police arrested the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the race. The driver of the other racing vehicle, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, left the scene of the collision. WSB-TV reports that the Chevy has been located, but officers have not identified a suspected driver or arrested anyone else in connection with the wreck.
In the meantime, the mother of one of the men who died in the crash has been working on capturing the attention of Georgia lawmakers and the White House regarding street racing. Currently in Georgia, street racing is a misdemeanor offense, and the victim’s mother wants it to be a felony. She is reportedly working with a North Carolina mother who also lost her son in a street racing accident, and the two women have created a White House Petition.
“We need 100,000 signatures [on the White House Petition] in 30 days,” said the Georgia mother. “[Street racing is] just like a gun. You make a choice and pull a trigger on a gun. You make a choice to push your foot on the pedal to the floor.”
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