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Charges filed in fatal 2017 pedestrian involved car accident

Some of you may remember the tragic car accident that took the life of a young mom, her infant daughter and an elderly woman in September 2017. The three victims and several other people were on foot in the town of Woodstock when a Jeep Patriot operated by a teen struck the pedestrians. The baby died the night of the car accident while the other two victims lingered for several days before their lives ended.

Now, police officers have finally arrested the teen driver who is now 18-years-old. Reportedly, she was booked into jail earlier this month before posting bail and being released from custody. Georgia authorities have filed several serious charges, including:

  • Three counts of second-degree vehicular homicide
  • Two additional vehicular homicide counts
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians
  • Distracted driving
  • Using an electronic device while under the age of 18

According to the arrest warrant, the Jeep driver unintentionally caused the death of the victims by not "putting away her cellphone" while driving. The warrant indicates that the teen was charged for "not exercising due care" when she failed to sound her horn or try to warn the victims. Evidence also exists indicating that while the driver reached out to her parents via a text message, she failed to notify the authorities after the car accident occurred.

The incident is a shocking reminder about the dangers of distracted driving. Victims of fatal pedestrian/car accidents like this can do nothing to bring back their loved ones. However, they can engage a legal professional to help them hold the responsible party to account for negligence behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. This is on top of any criminal charges a reckless driver may also face.

Source: Woodstock Patch, "Driver Charged In Crash That Killed Mom, Baby In Woodstock," Kristal Dixon, May 16, 2018

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