Mario Anderson was sentenced this past week for causing a crash that hospitalized a woman and her three children in July of 2017 in Coweta County.
Anderson pleaded guilty to:
- Fleeing or Attempting to Elude an Officer in Georgia
- Serious Injury by Vehicle in Georgia
- Reckless Driving in Georgia
- DUI in Georgia
- Driving on a Suspended License in Georgia
According to reports, a Georgia State Patrol officer had clocked Anderson speeding at 118 MPH down I-85 when he attempted to pull him over for speeding. Anderson then continued northbound on the highway. He then exited and reentered the interstate driving the wrong way on I-85.
Anderson then struck a barrier with his vehicle causing the collision with the woman's car.
Anderson was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. The prison sentence will be followed by fifteen years of probation.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the penalties for causing serious injury by vehicle via reckless driving or DUI in today's post.
Accidents, Serious Injury by Vehicle, and DUI in Georgia
Most DUI cases in Georgia are treated as misdemeanor offenses. However, there are exceptions. These exceptions include when DUI results in the serious injury or death of another individual (vehicular homicide in Georgia).
Under DUI Laws in Georgia, if you cause another person bodily harm while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving recklessly you can be charged with the offense of serious injury by vehicle. Serious injury by vehicle is classified as a felony offense in Georgia. This felony offense does not require any malicious intent to cause the serious injury or to harm anyone. If convicted of serious injury by vehicle, the penalty can include up to fifteen years in prison.
As you can see as a result of Anderson's sentencing and the legal explanation of serious injury by vehicle, the charge is one that must be taken seriously.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI or reckless driving or any other serious traffic violation, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today.