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Deadly accident leads to charges

A woman was killed in an accident in Sandy Springs, out on I-285. She was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima. According to authorities, another driver was coming up behind her in a Honda Accord and ran into the back of her vehicle. That pushed her car forward and to the left, right into the path of a semi-truck.

The accident, which happened in the eastbound lanes, was called in to the authorities around 9:00 p.m. on September 26. The woman who passed away was just 31 years old.

A few other vehicles were involved to a lesser degree. For instance, a Dodge Challenger collided with another vehicle and then hit the semi.

Police say that the man in the Accord caused the crash. He's 25 years old. He is now facing charges for following too close to the Altima and for vehicular homicide. That's a second degree charge.

It is important to note that the investigation is in its preliminary stages, and new facts could come to light as the authorities work through the case.

That said, following too closely to another vehicle is a serious issue. Many people don't even realize that they're tailgating; it's so common that they think they're driving safely when they're actually putting everyone else in danger with their reckless behavior. This accident shows just how dire the consequences can be when people don't maintain a safe distance.

After a deadly accident, it's critical for the families of those who have been killed to determine whether they have a right to financial compensation for medical bills, funeral bills, lost wages and much more.

Source: Sandy Springs Patch, "Driver Charged In Fatal Accident On I-285 In Sandy Springs," Kristal Dixon, Sep. 27, 2017

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