Photo Credit: WSB TV – Broadcast Screenshot
Our injury blog has never before posted a photograph of an actual crash, but this crash is different. This crash was totally avoidable and is made more poignant by the fact that the Georgia Hands Free law is awaiting Governor Deal’s signature. We think it is important for all to see the result of distracted driving. The teen who was driving the car in the photo was driving at a speed of over 100 miles per hour. She may also have been on SnapChat when her vehicle left the road, rolled over a few times and finally hit a tree. She is alleged to have caused the death of her friend who was a passenger in the vehicle. The teen driver is now charged with vehicular homicide. If she is found guilty, she may spend time in jail and she must live with the death of her friend for the rest of her life.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the the accident occurred in Morrow, Georgia. The two friends were out of senior skip day from their school. The driver sustained some injuries and was taken to the hospital, but was able to appear in court. The teen’s lawyer requested that her passport not be surrendered so that she could take a cruise with her family that had already been planned. The Clayton County district attorney didn’t agree and neither did the judge. Other reports noted that those in the courtroom included the family of the deceased teen. There was an audible disapproval of the request that the driver be allowed to go on the cruise with her family.
One of the most difficult aspects of first responders’ duties in fatal and serious injury crashes is to comfort devastated victims and families. The Morrow Police Chief wrote a touching post about his officers’ response to this crash. The deceased teen’s parents came to the scene and were kept from getting close to the car. The Chief wrote that the he saw tough cops holding a devastated mother and hugging a lost father.
Our hearts go out to the family of both the deceased teen and the entire school community. We know that the family is suffering the loss of young life which is difficult to comprehend. We know that the family of the driver and the driver herself will have to live with this crash for the rest of their lives. We know that the classmates of the deceased teen are hurting and will also never forget their friend.
We sincerely hope that this horrific crash will serve as a warning for other teens this graduation season … do not drive distracted, do not speed, do not drink and drive. This tragedy was not anticipated by either of these teens. And now many lives have been altered forever.
Scholle Law represents those injured or harmed in motor vehicle crashes. We help families recover from accidents and injuries of all kinds. We are here to help.