A woman from Gainesville, Georgia was killed on Sunday, March 31, 2019. The car in which she was riding went off of Thompson Bridge Road and slammed into multiple different trees.
The vehicle was driven by Justin Colon, age 20, also of Gainesville. He was driving a 2010 Mazda 3 northbound on Thompson Bridge Road near Fairmont Street at the time of the accident, which occurred around 3:30 a.m. that Sunday.
Colon is alleged to have been driving too fast for the roadway conditions when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle left the road on the east shoulder and slammed into several trees before landing on its top. The car finished its tumbling by striking one last large tree with the undercarriage.
Colon was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville after suffering serious injuries. He was eventually discharged after receiving treatment. Passengers in the vehicle, Kevin Lequerique Caban, age 29, and Keishym Colon, age 18 suffered only minor injuries.
Another passenger, however, was not so lucky. Ericka Marie Torres Rivera, age 23, was killed at the scene of the accident. As a result of the accident, Justin Colon now faces charges of driving under the influence (DUI), first-degree vehicular homicide, and failure to maintain lane.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for DUI, or other DUI related charges, you deserve an experienced Georgia DUI attorney who knows how to defend your constitutional rights.
Testimony of Witnesses in a Georgia DUI Case
In a great many DUI related accidents, there are witnesses who observed the accident take place. These witnesses may have been passengers in the car, pedestrians, other drivers, or law enforcement.
The testimony of witnesses can be an important part of any DUI case. Both the prosecutor and the defense are able to use witness testimony in trying their respective cases.
Challenging Witness Testimony
When a witness is testifying on the stand, it is crucial to know the appropriate techniques for developing testimony and challenging a witness's faulty recollections. It is well known in the legal world that witnesses often recall events incorrectly and make assumptions about what they saw that is not based on fact but their own beliefs or opinions.
This is not to say witnesses are necessarily lying (although of course, that is always possible.) When people witness a sudden or even traumatic event, there is often a great deal of confusion surrounding the memories associated with the accident. This is important because challenging a witness's testimony may create reasonable doubt in the mind of the jury, and help prevent a conviction that could have lasting and serious criminal consequences.
Consult a Georgia DUI Attorney
Just because you are charged with a crime, does not mean that you are guilty. Throughout the criminal process, there are avenues to present an effective defense that will protect your constitutional rights. An experienced Georgia DUI attorney can defend your case and protect those rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.