A 50-year-old woman is dead and a 43-year-old man faces criminal charges after a two-vehicle accident in Richmond County on July 17. According to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, the fatal car accident occurred around 7 p.m. when the man's vehicle, a red Dodge Magnum, struck the woman's Suzuki Grand Vitara as she attempted to turn from Faircrest Avenue onto Peach Orchard Road. Deputies reported that the man was speeding prior to the crash.
An ambulance transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead at approximately 7:42 p.m. An autopsy was performed the following day in Atlanta.
Law enforcement officials charged the driver of the Dodge with first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence. Deputies said that witnesses told them he may have been racing when the accident happened. The news source did not report the level at which his blood alcohol content was measured.
People who lose loved ones in auto wrecks involving drivers who were suspected of being drunk or speeding may consider filing wrongful death lawsuits. While an individual may be prosecuted in a criminal court in connection with a fatal auto accident, that person may also face civil litigation from the victim's family. Damages awarded from such suits can be tied to final medical bills, funeral and burial expenses and the conscious pain and suffering of the victim. Additionally, that compensation can account for the emotional suffering of plaintiffs. Attorneys experienced with wrongful death cases can advise people on the strengths of potential lawsuits they may be considering.
Source: WRDW, "1 dead after accident on Peach Orchard Road", July 17, 2014