Tragic Crash on Interstate 575 in Cherokee County, Georgia Tragically Kills One
CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA- According to 11alive.com, one person died in a tragic crash on Interstate 575. The victim was only identified as a woman. Responders transported the victim to the North Fulton Hospital for treatment, but she later died from her injuries.*
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene of the crash in the mid-afternoon. Reports indicate that an SUV that was driving northbound had veered off the roadway and overturned multiple times before it collided with a tree. Responders rushed a child in the car to the hospital as well. The injured juvenile is expected to recover from his or her injuries.
Witnesses at the scene stated that a dark-colored car may have been involved in the crash, but that it fled the scene. Police are searching for the car, which might have been a Chevrolet Cruz. Unidentified witnesses to the collision are being asked to contact the sheriff’s office.
Leaving the scene of a crash is a crime in Georgia. When a person is involved in a collision, it is their obligation to provide assistance, to contact emergency services, and to remain at the scene of the accident. Failing to stay at the scene of a deadly crash is a felony.
Despite the laws designed to deter drivers from leaving the scene of a wreck, the rate of hit-and-run crashes has been increasing around the United States. The AAA states that the motorists who flee the scene are more likely to be under the influence of alcohol than are drivers who remain after a fatal crash. It is not clear that laws designed to impose harsher penalties on these drivers are effective at preventing them from fleeing after a wreck.
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