Chatsworth, Ga. - According to Murray County authorities, a local man has been arrested on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault after allegedly intentionally ramming into their vehicle with his car.
Officers and investigators were originally under the impression that they would be charging the suspect with hit and run and vehicular homicide. However, after further investigation and interviewing witnesses, it became evident according to them that the charges were much more serious in nature. Witnesses stated that the suspect followed the couples vehicle for at least a mile and repeatedly and purposefully rammed his vehicle into theirs.
Although the charges in this case were escalated to outside of the realm of traffic crimes (as he has been accused of intentionally using his vehicle as a deadly weapon), I will cover what was originally believed to be one of the charges in the case above - hit and run. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I have provided the law below.
Hit and Run in Georgia
O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270 defines hit and run in Georgia as:
The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person or in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident or shall stop as close thereto as possible and forthwith return to the scene of the accident and shall:
(1) Give his or her name and address and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving;
(2) Upon request and if it is available, exhibit his or her operator's license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with;
(3) Render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the transporting, or the making of arrangements for the transporting, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such transporting is requested by the injured person; and
(4) Where a person injured in such accident is unconscious, appears deceased, or is otherwise unable to communicate, make every reasonable effort to ensure that emergency medical services and local law enforcement are contacted for the purpose of reporting the accident and making a request for assistance.
The driver shall in every event remain at the scene of the accident until fulfilling the requirements of this subsection. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
If such accident is the proximate cause of death or a serious injury, any person knowingly failing to stop and comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.
If such accident is the proximate cause of an injury other than a serious injury or if such accident resulted in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person, any person knowingly failing to stop or comply with the requirements of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than $300.00 nor more than $1,000.00, which fine shall not be subject to suspension, stay, or probation, or imprisoned for up to 12 months, or both.
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