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DUI Driver Sentenced in Death of NBA Cheerleader


According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. 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.


A 46-year-old drunk driver in another state was sentenced to the maximum penalty, 15 years in state prison, for the DUI death of an NBA cheerleader. The man was convicted of DUI manslaughter after a breath test registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit.


The man called 12 character witnesses to his sentencing, all of whom claimed he was an upstanding member of society and generous volunteer. However, the judge cited the blood alcohol level, stating, "The blood doesn't lie; that's a lot more than social drinking."


The 22-year-old victim was a college student who had recently been selected to perform with an NBA cheerleading squad. Her first team performance was scheduled for two weeks after her death.


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