78 year-old Ohio man Thomas Carrol Dempsey was arrested Thursday in connection with a March 20th car crash that killed 25 year-old Cobb County resident Anna Marie Woodard. The arrest occurred in Cobb County Georgia.
It is believed that Mr. Dempsey lost control of his '11 Toyota Highlander on the exit ramp from the Canton Road Connector to Cobb Parkway. His vehicle went through the grass very fast, hit a ditch, and became airborne. His SUV then landed on top of a '00 Chevy Silverado truck traveling north on Cobb Parkway.
Both automobiles skidded across all lanes of Cobb Parkway, went down a hill, and struck trees. Each vehicle had two injured persons that required transport to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
25 year-old Woodard was critically injured and unfortunately succumbed to her injuries on March 29th.
Dempsey, who received injuries from the accident, as well as his wife, had a warrant issued for his arrest on April 1. Police have charged him with vehicular homicide in the 2nd degree, failure to maintain lane, and driving too fast for conditions. He surrendered at the Cobb County Jail and was later released after posting a $25,000 bond.
Second Degree Vehicular Homicide in Georgia is a misdemeanor and includes any death that results from a violation of traffic laws. The punishment could be as much as 12 months in jail, a fine as much as $1,000, or even both. A judge may be able to suspend a sentence or give probation at their discretion.
Many times Second Degree Vehicular Homicide charges are upgraded to Felony First Degree Vehicular Homicide after the toxicology testing is completed. The standard police practice is to arrest the person and get them under the authority of the court and the terms of their bond. Then, if the toxicology results warrant an upgraded charge to First Degree Vehicular Homicide, the accused would be re-arrested and would have to make bond on the new charges. Either way, he will need to hire the Best Cobb County DUI Lawyer he can find.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for Vehicular Homicide, you need an attorney that has experience in bringing in professional accident reconstruction experts, toxicologists, and auto engineers, to help defend your case. Regardless of the degree, Vehicular Homicide is a terrible crime with considerable consequences. Make the choice to hire a Top-Rated Georgia DUI Attorney. Call the Law Offices of Richard Lawson today.