Driver Charged with Six Counts of Vehicular Homicide in Suwanee

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Gwinnett County Police

Suwanee, Ga. – Police have charged a driver with six counts of first-degree vehicular homicide after holding her responsible for overturning a passenger van on I-85.

According to officers, the woman was driving the van recklessly and at high speeds when she attempted to switch lanes. This caused the van to overturn. There were nine people total in the vehicle. Three people including the driver were seriously injured while six of the passengers ended up dying in the crash.

As a Suwanee DUI Lawyer, I handle cases involving these charges often. I will provide an in-depth look at the charge of reckless driving.

Reckless Driving

Georgia Law defines reckless driving in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 as:

(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.

(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, provided that no provision of this Code section shall be construed so as to deprive the court imposing the sentence of the power given by law to stay or suspend the execution of such sentence or to place the defendant on probation.

Therefore, if a driver is found guilty of reckless driving, he or she could face up to a year in jail as well as fines up to $1,000.

Practice Note

Reckless driving is a serious offense. It is also a predicate offense to vehicular homicide as is DUI in Suwanee. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, call our offices now.

About the Author

Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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