Tyquan Samuel is facing 10 different charges in Gwinnett County after an accident earlier this month. These charges include:
- DUI in Georgia
- Serious Injury by Vehicle in Georgia
- First Degree Vehicular Homicide in Georgia
- Possession of Marijuana in Georgia
According to reports, Samuel was driving on Buford Drive when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median hitting multiple cars. The crash ended with multiple cars on fire, and Samuel suffered life-threatening injuries along with the other drivers involved.
Three drivers were ultimately taken to the hospital for serious injuries and burns resulting from the crash.
However, the most injured driver was Sinee Hicks. She was trapped inside her burning vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters when they arrived at the scene of the accident. Hicks was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital.
When she arrived to Grady, the hospital reported that 60% of her body was covered in burns. The hospital pronounced Hicks brain dead a week later. She died this past week leaving behind a 2-year-old daughter.
Samuel has recovered from his injuries and released from the hospital since then. He was arrested and booked in Gwinnett County, and he has been denied bond.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I've seen and handled extreme and devastating cases like this before, and it's painful and horrifying for all those involved. In today's post, I will outline what occurs when a DUI case involves accidents in Georgia.
DUI and Accidents in Georgia
If a DUI charge involves a car accident, the accident can be used evidence to show that the accused driver was in fact less safe to drive. Bottom line, an officer's duty is to aid all distressed or injured drivers, so if the accident results in injury or distress, the officer will investigate the cause of the accident and whether driving under the influence was a factor.
If the accident results in injury, and DUI is a factor, then the penalties are greatly increased. Both Serious Injury by Vehicle and Vehicular Homicide in Georgia are classified as felonies. This means some serious prison time and a years of license suspension.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI in Georgia or if an accident is apart of your DUI case, contact a Georgia DUI Lawyer today.