Georgia DUI News October 2017

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

It is already November and this year is flying by. October was a busy month for Georgians with lots of college football games, Halloween, and trips to the pumpkin patch. It was also an eventful month for accidents and DUI's. Here is a recap of accidents that happened in October. At our office, we hope you learn from these mistakes and choose to make better decisions when driving!

Georgia State Patrol oversaw a fatal accident in Clayton County on October 8th, 2017. A pickup truck failed to yield and struck a Mercury Sable where 25-year-old Dustin Duhamell was a passenger. The driver of the car, Ashley Duhamell, and a three-year-old in the back seat were injured in the accident, but Dustin died from his injuries.

A 29-year-old woman, Cynthia Lynn Harris, and her one-year-old were killed in an accident on October 15. A semi-truck slid off the curve on the on-ramp from Interstate 1-185 and struck the vehicle. Two others were injured in the crash.

A pedestrian was hit and killed on Georgia 400. Tyler Keith Piper was walking in the middle lanes of 400 and was hit by at least one car. No other information is known about Piper or the incident.

An interstate shooting occurred on October 26th, 2017. The suspected shooter and the victim's boyfriend were all riding in a silver Jeep Patriot. The boyfriend was the driver, and the woman was sitting in the front passenger seat while she was shot. The driver and the shooter stayed on the scene. The responding police officer said it has not yet been determined whether the shooting was intentional.

One person died after a car drove through a restaurant wall in Gwinnett County. A 68-year-old woman was trying to park at M&J Homestyle Cooking in Snellville when she mistook the accelerator for the brake and drove through the restaurant wall. The restaurant was nearly full at the time of the accident. A 71-year-old man died at a nearby hospital after being hit by the silver BMW SUV. He was sitting at a table near the window with another man when the car drove into them. The other man sustained no injuries.

After a high school game last Friday night, October 27th, three teenagers died in a car crash. Four boys were riding in a black Toyota 4Runner that was found down an embankment near Meadow Brook High School. Only one of the boys survived the crash.

Another teenage driver is facing vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges after running off the road and killing his passenger. The accident happened in June in Cherokee County after the two boys stayed up all night fishing. Since the accident, authorities received a toxicology report showing that drugs were in the driver's system at the time of the crash. Therefore, he was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, speeding, and weaving over the roadway.

On October 31st, an investigator for Richmond County died in a motorcycle accident. He was off-duty enjoying a leisurely motorcycle ride when a deer ran out in front of him, and he was ejected from the bike. Even though he was not working at the time, it is very sad to hear about the death of a public servant. It further reinforces that you always have to be aware when driving.

A 6-year-old girl was struck at her bus stop by 43-year-old Gloria Blevins. The girl, Lulu Pedrick, got off her bus and waited on the curb to cross the street to her home. After the girl began to cross the street, Blevins, driving a Hummer, passed two stopped cars and a bus, hitting Lulu with the front passenger side bumper. Blevins then continued into the neighborhood. Lulu was flown to a hospital where she suffered a broken leg. A resident was able to describe the vehicle to the police and officers found it and matched it to the crime.

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