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3 killed in Georgia accident

Three people were killed in an accident in Lithonia in eastern DeKalb County on July 5. The accident involved an allegedly impaired driver who attempted to flee the scene of the accident, but was prevented by witnesses who held the man until police arrived.

According to authorities, a 65-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man from Raleigh, North Carolina, along with a 65-year-old Stone Mountain woman, were driving on their way to church when the fatal motor vehicle accident occurred. A 27-year-old man driving an SUV ran a red light and collided with the car carrying the three victims, who were killed as a result of the impact.

The driver of the SUV attempted to flee the scene in a pickup truck that had been driven by a motorist who had stopped to offer assistance to the accident victims, but other witnesses were able to restrain the man. He was arrested at the scene and has been charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, hit and run for his attempt to flee, impaired driving and failure to obey a red light.

In a similar case, a driver's attempt to flee might be used along with other evidence obtained from a review of the police investigation report to demonstrate negligence. The surviving family members of a person killed in a car accident might choose to seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible driver to recover compensation for the losses that they have incurred. Damages often sought in this type of an action include funeral and burial expenses as well as the loss of support and companionship.

Source: WRAL, "Raleigh couple killed in Georgia crash", Matthew Burns, July 6, 2015

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