Atlanta, Ga. - An incident has made headlines today after a local Atlanta driver has been arrested for vehicular homicide.
The arrested driver was accused of reckless driving. He was allegedly operating his vehicle at 35 miles per hour over the speed limit. He ended up crashing into another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was found unresponsive and deceased at the scene.
As an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of vehicular homicide in today's post.
Vehicular Homicide is split up into two different degrees. First degree vehicular homicide is defined as:
Any driver of a motor vehicle who, without malice aforethought, causes the death of another person when he or she leaves the scene of an accident, drives under the influence, drives recklessly, unlawfully passes a school bus, or flees or attempts to elude a police officer shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than three years nor more than 15 years.
Second degree vehicular homicide is defined as:
Any person who causes the death of another person, without an intention to do so, by violating any provision of this title other than those listed in the first degree vehicular homicide statute, commits the offense of homicide by vehicle in the second degree when such violation is the cause of said death and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as provided in Code Section 17-10-3.
Charges of vehicular homicide in the first degree can result from reckless driving or DUI in Atlanta. Contact our offices today if you have been arrested in the City of Atlanta.