When drivers are granted a drivers license, they are expected to operate their vehicles responsibly and follow the rules of traffic. However, one man who was arrested in Georgia recently was involved in at least 15 hit-and-run accidents before police finally tracked him down. The man reportedly hit five vehicles when he was driving in DeKalb County in Georgia and hit at least 10 more vehicles in Gwinnett County in Georgia.
While most of the car accidents did not result in serious injuries, one accident was fatal. When this man rear-ended a Toyota Camry, the Toyota was reportedly pushed into several other vehicles. The woman in the Toyota's passenger seat died at the site of the accident, according to a report. The woman's daughter, who was driving, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.
The 70-year-old driver responsible for all of these accidents was allegedly drunk when the string of hit-and-run accidents occurred. After being treated at a hospital for injuries, he was booked in jail on numerous charges including vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and serious injury by vehicle.
Officials are investigating this accident to determine what state of mind the man was in when he repeatedly hit car after car on the highway. In particular, a report indicates that officials are investigating whether the man collided with all of these vehicles intentionally.
While this case is unusual, in that most accidents do not involve drivers repeatedly colliding with vehicles and driving away, the effect that the driver's actions had on the lives of others is just as serious. As with any drunk driving accident, family members of those killed or injured in the accident may want to look into filing a lawsuit against the drunk driver.
Source: CBS Atlanta, "Police: Drunk driver responsible for at least 15 hit-and-runs," Katie Brace & Will Frampton, Jan. 25, 2013