A 44-year-old Bowdon man has been charged with felony vehicular homicide in connection with an alleged DUI accident that killed a 65-year-old Bowdon man. The driver was initially charged with a misdemeanor in connection with the car accident as police did not realize at first he was under the influence of drugs. However, a blood analysis revealed that he had methamphetamines in his system at the time of the crash, upgrading the charge to a felony.
The victim was behind the wheel of a 1992 Ford pickup truck and traveling north on Highway 100 near Red Barn Road when a 2003 Chevy pickup veered into his lane and struck him on the left side. The victim was not restrained by a safety belt and was ejected from the truck when it overturned. The driver of the Chevy and his passenger were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
In addition to the misdemeanor homicide charge, the driver was initially charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain proper lane. He remains in the Carroll County jail, having been denied bond in the case.
While the driver may face criminal charges in a DUI accident, these charges do not pay damages to the victims of the crash. The family of a victim who dies as the result of a DUI accident may have the right to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased person. A personal injury attorney may represent the family in filing this type of lawsuit. A wrongful death claim often asks for relief in the form of payment for pain and suffering, payment of lost future wages, payment of medical and funeral expenses and compensation for the loss of love, affection, companionship and support of the victim.
Source: Times-Georgian, “Formal charges filed in fatal Bowdon wreck,” Colton Campbell, May 21, 2013