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Georgia teacher killed in I-95 crash

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a Georgia woman was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in Liberty County on March 2. The crash occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m.

Investigators said it appeared that a Toyota Corolla and a Ford Fusion sideswiped each other while traveling in the southbound lanes of I-95 close to mile marker 74. The impact caused the Ford to veer into northbound traffic and strike an oncoming Oldsmobile Bravada, which then flipped over. A 2014 Volkswagen Jetta then apparently struck the Oldsmobile before colliding with the median.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a teacher at West Chatham Elementary School, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Three other accident victims needed to be extricated from their vehicles by emergency crews. Nine people were taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah with various injuries. Three of them were later listed in critical condition. Northbound I-95 was closed for several hours as authorities cleared the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

Following a fatal motor vehicle accident, authorities work to determine who or what caused the crash. A personal injury lawyer could use the results of that investigation as the basis for a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of an accident victim's family. If a driver is proven negligent in the accident, they could be compelled by a civil court to pay a deceased victim's family monetary compensation for damages, such as medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and other amounts based upon the full value of the decedent's life. A family who has lost a loved one in a car crash may wish to consult with an attorney for advice.

Source: WJCL, "West Chatham Elementary teacher killed in I-95 crash", Christopher Buchanan, March 2, 2015

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