People make mistakes, but sometimes these mistakes result in consequences that are far more serious than what an individual might have ever considered.
Simply put, driving drunk is dangerous. When one is intoxicated, his or her vision and judgment can be impaired and one's reaction time can be delayed, affecting a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely. Oftentimes, accidents involving intoxicated drivers result in serious or fatal injuries because these drivers are not always able to react to hazards on the road as quickly as sober drivers are able to. In other cases, intoxicated drivers are responsible for making poor decisions that lead to motor vehicle accidents.
A Douglas County bar and strip club has been held liable for the death of a 22-year-old woman in a drunk driving crash in 2008. The crash was caused by a Mableton man who was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.398, which is five times the legal limit in Georgia of 0.08.
An Atlanta man was sentenced this week to 25 years in prison after being convicted of causing a fatal car accident when he was driving under the influence of alcohol. The DUI crash occurred in 2006 when the man hit a taxi with his car. The car crash killed a passenger in the taxi and critically injured that passenger's boyfriend by blinding him. The driver was also critically injured and left with permanent damage to his brain.
Once the two sides negotiate a plea deal, two men will plead guilty to a Douglas County, Georgia, DUI crash that took the life of a teenage girl.
A Georgia man has been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide after a motor vehicle accident Monday night that killed a recent graduate of Georgia Tech. Police say the accident occurred when the 42-year-old driver hit the motorcycle that was being driven by the recent grad. The young man was thrown from his motorcycle and hit by another car.
A man from Augusta was charged with serious injury by motor vehicle after a crash on June 4, but that charge has now been upgraded to homicide after his passenger died. The 37-year-old man has also been charged with DUI and with having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.
Anytime a teenager is accused of drunk driving, there is the potential for multiple arrests to follow. When suspected underage DUI leads to an accident, especially a fatal accident, subsequent arrests are nearly inevitable.
Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened June 19 around 4 a.m. when Jordan Griner, an intern in Governor Sonny Perdue's office, was killed in a car crash with Christa Scott. Scott, 26, has been charged with vehicular homicide and DUI. Both young people had promising futures ahead of them, but now one has been put to rest in Augusta, and the other is facing anywhere from 1 to 15 years in prison.
Christa Scott and her parents held a news conference today at the office of Scott's defense attorney where they made their first public statements after Saturday's early morning car crash that killed Jordan Griner, 24. Atlanta police say Scott crashed her car into the vehicle driven by Griner at the intersection of West Peachtree Street and 17th Street in Midtown. Griner had a blood-alcohol level of .229, nearly triple the legal limit.