A 27-year-old man from Georgia was arrested recently for vehicular homicide and failure to help those at the accident scene because of a wreck last Dec. He was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run car accident but turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. A request for bond was rejected, and he was held in custody at a local jail.
According to authorities, a 47-year-old man was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a car. A passerby later saw the demolished bike and the man on the side of the street and reported his findings to emergency personnel. The victim suffered serious injuries and was transported to a medical facility; however, he passed away on Feb. 1.
The accused man spoke with the authorities the day after the accident and admitted that he had hit something the prior evening. According to a detective, he further elaborated that he thought he struck a deer and said he didn’t see what hit, so he just kept driving. Police examined his vehicle for further evidence of the crimes and his involvement in the accident.
However, the authorities questioned the man’s version of events. The bicycle had lights so that motorists could see it, and the vehicle and bike both sustained significant damage. They felt he might have seen what happened or at the very least, stopped after he knew he hit something or someone.
After a serious car accident when someone loses their life, loved ones could want to pursue civil action against the responsible parties. A personal injury attorney might be able to help them sort out the complexities of the accident and help them file a civil lawsuit in order to recover their losses.
Source: Effingham Herald, “
Driver charged for December fatal hit-and-run,” Paul Floeckher, May 23, 2013