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Motorcyclist Killed in North Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to reports out of Winder, a motorcyclist was killed after he allegedly lost control of his motorcycle and was subsequently hit by a Ford F-650 wrecker.

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I handle cases involving death and traffic violations too frequently. Georgia roads are particularly dangerous. As of right now the story above has not mentioned any allocation of fault or traffic violation, but just in case the facts develop, I will outline the offense of vehicular homicide in today's post.

Vehicular Homicide in Georgia

Vehicular Homicide in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §40-6-393 which divides the offense into two separate degrees. The law is as follows:

(a) Any person who, without malice aforethought, causes the death of another person through the violation of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-6-163, Code Section 40-6-390 or 40-6-391, or subsection (a) of Code Section 40-6-395 commits the offense of homicide by vehicle in the first degree and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than three years nor more than 15 years.

(b) Any driver of a motor vehicle who, without malice aforethought, causes an accident which causes the death of another person and leaves the scene of the accident in violation of subsection (b) of Code Section 40-6-270 commits the offense of homicide by vehicle in the first degree and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than three years nor more than 15 years.

This means that if a person causes the death of another through the commission of any of the following offenses then he or she is guilty of vehicular homicide in the first degree. These offenses include: DUI, Unlawful Passing of a School Bus, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude an Officer.

(c) Any person who causes the death of another person, without an intention to do so, by violating any provision of this title other than subsection (a) of Code Section 40-6-163, subsection (b) of Code Section 40-6-270, Code Section 40-6-390 or 40-6-391, or subsection (a) of Code Section 40-6-395 commits the offense of homicide by vehicle in the second degree when such violation is the cause of said death and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as provided in Code Section 17-10-3.

This means that if a person causes the death of another through the commission of a traffic violation other than those listed in the first section of the law above, then he or she is guilty of vehicular homicide in the second degree. Some examples of offenses are: failure to maintain lane, speeding, etc.

Practice Note

Vehicular homicide is one of the most serious criminal offenses in the state of Georgia. If you or a loved one is facing a serious traffic violation such as DUI in Georgia, contact us now. A Georgia DUI Attorney can help you with your case today.

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Richard Lawson

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