We are all stunned and grieving with the recent events in Boston. Before going on I want to express my grief for those who have lost life and limb and for the city of Boston. Life goes on in our country even as law enforcement continues to work to keep us safe right here in Georgia, there are some who, in failing to comply with the rules and laws, defy them and end up harming themselves and others.
That is what happened earlier this week in Cobb County. As a Cobb County car accident lawyer, I find it particularly tragic that two people were killed in an early morning head-on collision — requiring local authorities to shut down a road prior to the morning commute earlier this week.
The preliminary investigation as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is that this tragic accident began with a simple traffic stop that should have ended far differently than it did. When an officer attempted to make a traffic stop, the driver fled in the wrong lane of traffic on Maxham Road. The driver was a woman from Roswell. She drove head-on into the car of an oncoming driver who was from Marietta. Both of these drivers died at the scene of the tragic accident.
A witness who lives near where the collision occurred was quoted as saying that
” ‘ It sounded like an explosion.’ ” Although the road was shut down for some time, it reopened just before the commute hours. It is not clear why the deceased woman failed to stop when the police signaled to her to stop. But an innocent driver has lost his life along with her due to her failure to do so.
When law enforcement signals drivers to pull over, Georgia law requires that we do so. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-395 states that it is “unlawful for any driver of a vehicle willfully to fail or refuse to bring his or her vehicle to a stop or otherwise to flee or attempt to elude a pursuing police vehicle or police officer when given a visual or an audible signal to bring the vehicle to a stop. The signal given by the police officer may be by hand, voice, emergency light, or siren.” The provision also states that violating this provision can result in ” a high and aggravated misdemeanor.”
The fact that the woman’s failure to stop resulted in the death of another driver makes this a more serious situation. Although we do not know why she failed to stop and whether she might have had a medical condition that confused her or some other reason that would mitigate her actions which resulted in the death of another driver and herself. Undoubtedly, had the woman driving the vehicle survived, she could have been charged with some very serious crimes given that the other driver passed away as well.
If you have been involved in a car accident, please contact my law offices for a free legal consultation with me. I will provide you with an evaluation of your situation and there is no cost to you at all.