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Incredibly Tragic Accident Kills 16 Year Old Pedestrian

skateboardAuthorities revealed that a 16 year old high school student was killed when he was struck by three different cars on his walk to school this week. The teen was hit as a result of having run into the street to retrieve his skateboard.

Authorities say the boy had been riding his skateboard on the way to school when it suddenly slipped out from under his feet and shot into the street. When he went into the road to get it, he was hit by three different vehicles.

The first vehicle was described by witnesses as a gray or silver Honda sedan, then a Ford Ranger, and finally a Chevy Tahoe. Police said only the driver of the Ford Ranger stopped after the accident. The driver of the Tahoe reportedly contacted police later on, and claimed that he thought he had hit a deer. Neither the driver of the Ranger or Tahoe will face charges.

According to authorities, the driver of the Honda, however, will be charged once the individual is found. Authorities believe it is unlikely that the driver of the Honda was unaware that they had hit something, and that the car likely sustained front end damage from the impact.

Georgia takes hit and run accidents incredibly seriously. State law creates an affirmative duty for drivers to stop their vehicles, and attempt to secure medical assistance for the victims that they have hit; a failure to do so carries harsh penalties:

If such accident is the proximate cause of death or a serious injury, any person knowingly failing to stop and comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years. O.C.G.A. 40-6-270 (2010)

Although hit and run charges are a criminal law matter, the driver who caused the accident is likely subject to a civil suit as well. The nature of liability depends on the way in which the accident was caused, focusing particularly on how the individual was driving at the time of the accident. Drivers must not operate their vehicles in a manner that creates an unreasonable risk of harming other drivers or pedestrians on the road. A failure to comply with this basic standard could provide liability under a negligence lawsuit.

If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed, in a car accident due to another individual’s negligent driving, you should consult with an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney as soon as possible. Stephen Ozcomert is a knowledgeable personal injury attorney with over 20 years of experience, and is skilled at representing individuals and their families who have been injured as a result of the negligent or reckless driving of others in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Contact us today in order to schedule your free initial consultation. You can reach us by calling (404)-370-1000 or through our website.

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