Road Racing Leads to Death of Two Fathers in Cobb County, Georgia
COBB COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at northwestgeorgianews.com, a man from Austell, Georgia has been accused of road racing that caused the death of two fathers. The man responsible for the deaths has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of child cruelty.*
The man facing charges is a nineteen-year-old that was engaging in road racing which led to the death of a 31-year-old man from Acworth and a 35-year-old from Mableton.
According to local prosecutors, the accident occurred close to the intersection of Bates and Floyd roads close to the Silver Comet Trail back in April of this year. The accident report indicates that the nineteen-year-old was with his one-year old daughter who was improperly restrained in the back seat while was road racing. The nineteen-year-old driver and his daughter were treated for minor injuries following the accident, per local police.
The two fathers who were killed were not believed to have been involved in the road race at the time of the accident.
The man who was involved in the road race ultimately turned himself in to Cobb County police a week after the accident happened.
Road racing in Georgia is highly dangerous and illegal. Road racing includes any type of competition of speed or contest, drag race or contest of acceleration, etc.
Under O.C.G.A. § 40-6-186,
(1)“Drag race” means the operation of two or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerated speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other or the operation of one or more vehicles over a common selected course from the same point to the same point for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power of acceleration of such vehicle or vehicles within a certain distance or time limit.
(2) “Racing” means the use of one or more vehicles in an attempt to outgain, outdistance, or prevent another vehicle from passing, to arrive at a given destination ahead of another vehicle or vehicles, or to test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long-distance driving routes.
(b) No person shall drive any vehicle on a highway in this state in any race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance, exhibition of speed or acceleration, or for the purpose of making a speed record, and no person shall in any manner participate in any such race, competition of speed, contest of speed, or test or exhibition of speed.
(c) Any person convicted of violating subsection (b) of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
A person who engages in such conduct and causes an accident can be liable to an injured plaintiff for punitive damages.
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