Thomas Joe, a Milton security guard, was hit and killed by a car while he was crossing the street. Joe was found dead on New Providence Road in front of Atlanta National Golf Club. The Atlanta National Golf Club is where Joe was employed as a security guard.
According to reports, Joe was working his usual night shift in the neighborhood's guard shack. Something occurred with a vehicle across the street, and Joe went to help the driver. When Joe began crossing the street is when he was hit. The driver of the accused vehicle stopped at the scene.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the offense homicide by vehicle in today's post.
Vehicular Homicide in Georgia
Vehicular homicide in Georgia is separated into two degrees.
Vehicular homicide in the first degree is when a death results from any of the following criminal offenses:
- DUI in Georgia
- Reckless Driving in Georgia
- Unlawful Passing a School Bus in Georgia
- Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer in Georgia
- Hit and Run - Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Georgia
First-degree vehicular homicide is classified as a felony in Georgia, which may include up to three to fifteen years in prison.
Vehicular homicide in the second degree is when a death results from a minor traffic offense that it is not listed above.
Second-degree vehicular homicide is classified as a misdemeanor in Georgia.
Therefore, the charge faced by the driver is completely dependent on the toxicology report results. If it is deemed through investigation that the driver was in fact driving under the influence, then the driver could potentially be facing a charge of first degree vehicular homicide.
As a Georgia DUI Attorney, I handle serious traffic cases regularly. Our firm has over 50 years of combined experience. We are well-practiced in defending against traffic violations ranging from speeding tickets to serious accidents and injuries.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices today.