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Man Who Killed Corporate Executive in DUI Crash Pleads No Contest to Second Degree Murder

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 wrong-way driver caused a crash that killed a 55-year-old corporate executive attending an industry conference. The accident occurred on a highway's carpool lane, killing the executive and seriously injuring her driver. The man was charged with aggravated assault, five counts of endangerment, aggravated DUI and criminal damage. He had previously been arrested for making explosives after an accident blew off one of his fingers. He was also convicted of growing marijuana at his mother's day care center.

The DUI driver pled no contest to second-degree murder and aggravated assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping the DUI charge.

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