When people get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, they not only risk their own lives and the lives of other drivers, but also anyone else in the vicinity. Atlanta pedestrians on the sidewalk or crossing the road, who do not have the armor of a vehicle surrounding them, may be especially vulnerable to a drunk driver. Unfortunately, a jogger was robbed of her life recently due to someone suspected of driving while intoxicated.
In the early morning one Friday, a 32-year-old man was driving his car along State Route 124 near Dacula in Gwinnet County. Law enforcement officers reported that they believe he hit a curb and two traffic islands. He then struck a 56-year-old jogger who was in a crosswalk on South Pucketts Mill.
After hitting the woman, the driver ran over another curb and a sidewalk before crashing into several trees and eventually coming to a stop. Law enforcement officers arrested the man, charging him with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane. The jogger died at the scene of the incident, and the driver is also facing a first degree vehicular homicide charge for that.
The incident illustrates just how dangerous it is to drink and drive. In Georgia, people who are injured or lose a loved one as the result of a drunk driver do have legal recourse. Filing a claim against the negligent party could recover compensation necessary for medical bills, funeral expenses and other damages.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Gwinnett jogger struck, killed by alleged drunk driver,” Alexis Stevens, Jan. 2, 2016