Criminal defense: A 40-year-old man who apparently caused an accident has been criminally charged. The man faces state criminal charges for allegedly being responsible for a crash that took the life of a 29-year-old man on our Georgia roadways. He was charged with vehicular homicide in addition to following too closely to another vehicle.

According to reports, the suspect, who was driving a tractor-trailer, was headed in the westbound direction when a mower was observed straddling the right lane. The driver of a Dodge pickup was unable to pass the mower, which prompted him to come to a stop. The driver of the Dodge 3500 tractor-trailer, who was driving behind the Dodge pickup, slammed into the back of the truck. Both of the vehicles turned over, causing injuries to the driver of the Dodge 3500.

Unfortunately, the other driver reportedly died at the scene. Authorities conducted an initial investigation and determined that the driver of the tractor-trailer was the person responsible. The driver of the trailer was arrested and booked into a county jail, but no bond has been set. A criminal defense attorney will have to file a motion to set bond in the coming days.

Understandably, the family of the deceased is grieving their untimely loss. When a person dies as a result of an accident, Georgia prosecutors tend to pursue state criminal charges to the fullest extent. As tragic as this incident is, prosecutors will need to prove to a jury that the driver of the tractor-trailer was operating in a negligent manner that caused the fatality to occur. The defendant has the right to examine and dispute any piece of evidence prosecutors intend to use against him for their case. The defendant further has the right to give testimony on his own behalf in an attempt to achieve a favorable outcome.

Source: ajc.com, “Tractor-trailer driver charged in Ga. 316 fatal wreck“, Alexis Stevens, June 5, 2014

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