After an extensive investigation, authorities have arrested Omari Young in connection with the alleged hit and run in DeKalb County this past February that resulted in the death of Anthony Lingoes. According to reports, a vehicle hit and killed Lingoes as he was walking away from the Trackside Tavern in Decatur.
Young is facing charges of first degree vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident in Georgia.
Let's take a closer look at vehicular homicide in today's post.
Vehicular Homicide in Georgia
Georgia law first defines vehicular homicide in Georgia by separating it into two degrees.
First degree vehicular homicide is defined by the Georgia Code as:
When a person, without malice aforethought, a death is caused by the person either unlawfully passing a school bus, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, or leaving the scene of the accident. O.C.G.A. §40-6-393.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I can break this down further.
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 can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. In order for it to be classified as a misdemeanor, it must be the result of a minor traffic offense and prosecuted as Second Degree Vehicular Homicide.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a serious traffic violation, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today.