An Atlanta police department report confirmed that a 33-year old woman was killed in a fatal motorcycle crash which occurred in the early morning hours on the Downtown Connector. A woman driving a Hyundai Sonata allegedly bumped into the rear end of the motorcycle, causing the female passenger on the bike to fall off. The car then hit and killed the woman. The driver of the motorcycle was also injured, but reportedly fled the area after his passenger did not respond when he called her name.
The woman driving the Hyundai was charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree, DUI and another charge. A breath test registered the woman's blood-alcohol level at .209 percent, more than double the legal limit in the state. Police took her to the Fulton County Jail. The driver of the motorcycle was also taken into custody after he sought treatment at a local hospital. He faces charges of vehicular homicide, hit and run and another possibly unrelated charge.
Although the driver of the motorcycle faces charges related to the incident, the woman driving the car could be responsible for the injuries he suffered as well. The full extent of his injuries are unknown.
In this type of case, the death of a motorcycle accident victim often affects many lives. The woman driving the Hyundai may be held responsible for the crash; her reported blood-alcohol levels could support negligence. However, the driver of the motorcycle could also be held partially responsible. The woman's relatives could potentially file a wrongful death suit against both individuals.
Source: Atlanta In Town, "Motorcycle passenger dies in Downtown Connector accident", June 30, 2014