A Savannah jazz musician died on Hutchinson Island when a vehicle collided with his golf cart, and a Texas man has been arrested and denied bond in the incident. The car accident occurred when the driver ran into the golf car at an alleged 90 miles per hour. The 52-year-old man from Austin who was driving was denied bond due to lack of community ties, although the judge has promised to revisit the issue after the preliminary hearing.
The accident appears to be the first for the driver, who has been identified as a Siemens Corporation manager and a Navy veteran. Evidence recovered from the airbag control module shows that the man was traveling approximately 90 miles per hour two seconds prior to the collision, although the driver says that he was slowing down to 55 at the crossing where he struck the golf cart.
The victim was a well-known Savannah jazz musician who was killed as a result of the crash. There is no word on whether police have determined if alcohol or drugs was a factor in the crash.
The family of a person who has been killed by a driver’s negligence may be entitled to compensation for the loss of their loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a car accident may involve requests for damages such as loss of love and affection of the victim, loss of future income, loss of support and mentorship, and pain and suffering of the victim. A wrongful death attorney may represent the family of the victim in seeking these damages as well as costs associated with the accident such as medical bills and funeral expenses.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald, “Bond denied for Texas man in fatal Savannah crash,” Jan Skutch, June 5, 2013