On Monday an automobile collided with a tractor-trailer in Marietta on I75. The driver of the car has suffered potentially life-threatening injuries.
The accident shut down parts of Interstate 75 as police investigators tried to reconstruct the accident. Ordinarily, the Georgia State Patrol Accident Reconstruction Team would take the lead in the investigation.
However, according to the AJC, the Marietta Police Department has retained control of the investigation and is looking for witnesses to help identify what caused the collision.
If someone is found to be at fault while being impaired, they will likely be charged with Serious Injury by Vehicle, a felony that carries up to 15 years in prison.
The key word is “impaired.” If the at fault driver was not impaired, but was at fault through the violation of ordinary traffic laws, they will not be charged with the felony.
That is why it's so important to stay at the scene of an accident and to render aid. The act of leaving the scene can turn an ordinary accident into a serious felony charge.
It is the hope of this writer that the driver has a full recovery from his injuries. If anyone has anything to add to the investigation, contact Marietta Police Officer Ben Wallace at 770-794-5266.