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Driver Held for Alleged DUI Crash That Killed Mother and Child and Injured Two Others

A recent story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about a caught my eye as a Gwinnett County drunk driving crash lawyer. The AJC reported Aug. 25 that authorities believe Natasha Searcy, 22, was driving drunk when she hit a car carrying a Metro Atlanta family. The head-on crash killed Ashley Ingalsbe, 25 and her son Luke Ingalsbe, 4. It also injured another son, two-year-old Jacob Ingalsbe, and Ashley Ingalsbe’s boyfriend, Thomas Vinnacombe, 24. Searcy was not seriously injured, but she is being held on suicide watch at Douglas County jail.

The accident happened at 5:45 in the morning of Aug. 24 on Skyview Drive, the newspaper said. Searcy allegedly crossed the center line of the road and hit Ingalsbe’s car head-on. The crash killed Luke Ingalsbe instantly and his mother later in the day. Jacob Ingalsbe was treated and released from WellStar Cobb Hospital, but Vinnacombe was more seriously injured. His aunt, Amy Thomas, told the newspaper that he may need surgery for broken ribs and an injury to his spleen. Searcy was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, driving without insurance and failure to stay in her lane. She has already appeared in court, where she was denied bail.

My heart goes out to these victims and their families. Losing loved ones unexpectedly is always a tragedy, but losing them to an apparent drunk driver is an extremely preventable tragedy. By now, high schoolers are routinely taught that drinking and driving poses a serious risk to themselves and everyone around them — yet Metro Atlanta intoxicated driving lawyers like me continue to see more cases. Drunk driving causes wrongful deaths and catastrophic injuries, including head and spinal injuries that can cause lifelong disabilities. Under those circumstances, it’s difficult to see the choice to drive while intoxicated as anything other than a deliberate, intentional choice made without consideration for the people who may cross the driver’s path.

The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle has extensive experience handing the difficult legal, medical and emotional issues involved in drunk driving cases. Georgia DUI injury attorney Charles Scholle understands that victims come to our firm during a difficult time in their lives. That’s why we believe part of our job is to make the process as easy as possible for clients, explaining every step in the case as it happens, keeping them well-informed and handling the often-frustrating insurance bureaucracy on their behalf. Our goal is to win the money our clients need to get the medical treatment they need — including years of future treatments, if appropriate — and make ends meet, so they can concentrate on healing and moving on.

If you or a loved one was hurt by a drunk driver in Georgia and you’d like to explore your legal options, you should call the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle right away. To set up a free, confidential evaluation of your case, you can call us toll-free at 1-866-972-5287; send us an email; or contact us through the Internet.