Posted on Jul 08, 2012

A driver recently was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide after last month’s deadly Mableton accident. Amanda Garrett, of Austell, was involved in the May 16th fatal accident with a motorcycle, and received new charges against her on Thursday, June 7, 2012.

On the day of the accident, Garrett was headed eastbound on Veterans Memorial Highway in the right lane around 7:25 a.m. when she made a U-turn at Powell Drive. Her 2001 Oldsmobile Bravada cut in front of a motorcyclist who was traveling in the left lane.

Vernon Patterson, the 57-year-old motorcyclist, of Douglasville, was thrown from his black 1979 Harley Davidson FLH. Police said that he was critically injured after colliding with the sport utility vehicle in Mableton. He was taken to WellStar Cobb Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No charges were reported as of that Wednesday afternoon, but the Cobb County police later charged Garrett, 40, with failure to yield to a stop sign, in addition to this second-degree vehicular homicide charge.

Shane Smith Law is deeply saddened to hear of this tragic crash in the metro Atlanta area. We would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Patterson, and wish them strength as they mourn in this difficult time.

We also would like to remind drivers to pay close attention to motorcyclists during these warmer months, to avoid motorcycle accidents and injuries on Georgia roads. Summer time is deadly for motorcyclists, so we encourage drivers of passenger cars to be extra careful.

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