One person died in a multi-car wreck earlier this month on the Downtown Connector in central Atlanta. The deadly crash began when a Jeep Compass hit a retaining wall on the highway, veered back onto the roadway and came to a halt in the middle of a travel lane on the Downtown Connector. Three vehicles stopped to avoid hitting the Jeep, police said. A fourth vehicle, a Volvo X90, did not stop for the other vehicles in the lane. The Volvo crashed into the rear of a Kia Forte, killing a passenger in the front seat of the Kia.

A spokesman for the Atlanta police said the deadly crash was believed to be an alcohol-related accident. The driver of the Volvo X90, a 28-year-old man, has been charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle, DUI, reckless driving and following too closely. The driver of the Jeep, a 36-year-old man, was also taken into custody by authorities. Police did not immediately make his charges available.

Several other people suffered injuries in the wreck, which took place on southbound Interstate 75/85 near Georgia Route 166. Those injuries were not life-threatening, according to police. The Kia involved in the crash sustained extensive damage, authorities said.

Victims killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes, as well as their family members, may seek civil damages against the drunk driver in and alcohol-related accident. A personal injury lawyer may offer victims legal representation in order to help them obtain adequate compensation to cover medical bills, time from work and pain and suffering..

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “One dead in multi-car crash on Downtown Connector“, Mike Morris, July 20, 2013