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Drunk Driver Indicted on 29 Charges for Multiple Gwinnett Crashes


Posted on May 20, 2013

At the end of January, a Stone Mountain man went on a car accident spree, injuring several people and killing one motorist in a Gwinnett County crash on Highway 78. Witnesses told police that it appeared the driver intentionally was trying to hit other cars.

Our Peachtree City accident attorneys previously reported on the details of the several hit-and-run accidents that occurred over two counties—Gwinnett and DeKalb counties—and now would like to share with our readers an update.

Michael Owen Snider, the 70-year-old driver accused of causing 15 different Georgia car accidents, was recently indicted by a Gwinnett County Superior County grand jury on 29 separate charges. The charges related to these hit-and-run crashes include:

  • One count of felony murder from the death of a 69-year-old Loganville man
  • One count of reckless driving
  • Two counts of homicide by vehicle
  • Two counts of driving under the influence
  • Two counts of serious injury by vehicle
  • 10 counts of failure to stop at the accident scene
  • 11 counts of first-degree criminal damage to property 

Following Snider’s arrest, his son told police officers that his father had just come from a bar in DeKalb, and informed police that the bar continues to over-serve his father alcoholic drinks. 

The Law Offices of Shane Smith wants to urge drivers never to drive buzzed or drunk, and we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and continue to wish the other victims full recoveries.

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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia