Even after many years of pleas from law enforcement and those who have lost a loved one by someone who drives after drinking, the problem still looms large all over the country. Getting busted over one drunk driving incident also does not necessarily stop some from becoming repeat offenders. Georgia State Patrol joined city police in the chase to stop a drunk driving suspect but were unsuccessful until his actions are said to have killed a passenger in his car.
According to the GSP, an officer attempted to pull the 30-year-old driver over for an undisclosed violation. The driver would not stop, resulting in the officer calling for backup. The chase took the vehicles onto Interstate 85, but the vehicle crashed when the driver could not negotiate the curve on an exit ramp.
One of the passengers in the speeding vehicle had served in the National Guard before departing for medical reasons. She called her mother on her phone before the crash. The mother heard her daughter screaming for the driver to stop and let her out of the vehicle and then there was nothing. The daughter was confirmed dead once emergency personnel arrived at the scene. She had not been wearing her seat belt.
The driver and another passenger were taken to a local hospital, where the driver was arrested after his release. At the time of the report, the other passenger was still in the hospital with her condition unknown. The driver is facing multiple charges, including DUI and murder.
The consequences of this preventable accident will be felt for many years to come. The deceased girl's family have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver responsible for the crash. Those who have been injured from or lost a loved one due to a drunk driving incident can seek the advice of a Georgia attorney regarding the options for legal recourse.