A 31-year-year old Lawrenceville man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and other charges on Thursday, July 26. He is believed to have caused an alcohol-induced, chain-reaction crash that killed a 23-year-old mother.
The incident that led up to his arrest occurred on July 14. The man was reportedly driving his 2001 BMW southbound along Buford Drive when he drove his car across the roadway’s median.
As the man crossed the median, he first struck a 2015 Audi followed by a 2018 Ford Focus, the vehicle carrying the young mom. A second vehicle, this time a 2010 Toyota then crashed into the passenger’s side door of the Ford Focus because it was unable to stop.
The defendant’s car ultimately caught on fire from the impact. First responders arrived on the scene in just enough time to extricate him from his vehicle and rush him to the hospital. He arrived at Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition. The drivers of the other vehicles he struck were also transported to area hospitals with undisclosed injuries.
First responders weren’t as lucky when attempting to extricate the 23-year-old mom from her vehicle. By the time they removed her from it, all but 40 percent of her body had been burned. On July 20, doctors finally determined that the woman was brain dead. By July 22, she was dead. She left behind a daughter who was 2-years-old.
After doctors had finished treating the defendant and he was released from the hospital, police officers placed him under arrest. He currently facing marijuana possession, causing a car crash with an injury, homicide and DUI charges as four of at least 10 total charges related to the case. A judge has denied bond in the case.
Every 31 minutes in the United States, another individual is killed in an alcohol-related crash. When you’re seeking compensation in cases in such as this, it’s important to have an Atlanta drunk driving accident attorney on your side who is experienced at representing drunk driving accident victims.