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DUI Driver Who Crashed into Homeless Encampment Pleads Not Guilty

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 27-year-old man suspected of driving drunk when he crashed into a homeless encampment in an early morning accident in another state pled not guilty to DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter. The accident killed a sleeping 62-year-old homeless military veteran after the driver lost control of his SUV. He allegedly drove off a 25-mph off-ramp and through a guardrail before driving into the homeless encampment under the freeway. The driver continued until he crashed into a cement overpass down the street.

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? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia