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Clayton County Man Convicted in Hit-and-Run Death of Middle School Student

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.

Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 44-year-old Georgia man was convicted in the hit-and-run death of an 11-year-old boy. The driver was convicted of homicide by vehicle, DUI and reckless driving in connection with the fatal pedestrian accident.

The driver sped through an intersection, striking the boy and sending him 50 feet into the air. The boy crashed onto the car's windshield before hitting the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver slowed briefly before speeding away. A passenger testified at the trial that the driver did not want to stop because he had been drinking and he had three prior DUI convictions. He was on probation for a DUI conviction at the time of the accident.

A witness followed the car and provided the license plate information to police.

If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next?

If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia