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DUI Hit-and-Run Accident Leads to Arrest

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 female teen pedestrian was recently struck by a hit-and-run driver as she walked on the side of the road in Athens. Local law enforcement officials arrested a 22-year-old man after conducting a brief investigation that included a review of local surveillance tapes.


The man surrendered to officials after warrants were issued for his arrest as a result of the investigation. The man was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Surveillance videos did not show the accident which occurred as the 19-year-old pedestrian was walking in the early morning. However, some video from times near when the accident occurred showed a pickup truck and the man who was arrested as he visited several bars. Police located the truck and found a half-empty bottle of alcohol and numerous empty beer cans inside. The woman was still in a coma weeks after the accident.


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