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Pickup driver charged in fatal Georgia crash

A 35-year-old woman has been charged with vehicular homicide following a Rabun County truck crash that killed one of her passengers early on Jan. 17. She is also facing charges of DUI, failure to maintain lane and serious injury by vehicle.

Police said the woman was driving a 1991 Toyota half-ton pickup truck west on Georgia 2 near the Towns County line when she crossed the roadway. The truck hit a guardrail and launched over a cliff before overturning several times and landing on its side against a tree.

The truck's front seat passenger, a 52-year-old man, died at the scene of the crash. A second passenger, a 41-year-old man, was ejected from the vehicle. He was airlifted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where he was placed in intensive care.

The accident is believed to have taken place at approximately 2 a.m., but authorities were not notified until the Toyota driver managed to climb up the mountain for help around 9:30 a.m. She was transported by ambulance to Mountain Lakes Medical Center then to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries. An independent investigation of the crash is being conducted by the Georgia State Police Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

When someone loses their life in a wreck caused by a negligent driver, family members may wish to speak with a lawyer about their legal options. By using accident reconstruction results and other evidence, a lawyer could help the victim's family establish the at-fault driver's liability in the crash. Through a claim, economic and noneconomic compensation for damages may be recovered such as for funeral costs and loss of companionship.

Source: AccessNorthGa.com,"Driver charged in fatal Rabun County,," Rob Moore, Jan. 17, 2015

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