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Ex-state trooper may plead guilty to 2 charges for fatal crash

In December 2011, a former law enforcement official with the Georgia State Patrol may have been responsible for a car accident that resulted in the death of a woman. The trooper involved in the incident was assisting another law enforcement official with a motorcycle pursuit at the time of the incident, and the victim and her family were traveling to a football game. The car that the victim was riding in had the right of way at an intersection when the trooper's car crashed into it. While the trooper had his siren and emergency lights on, he was driving over 30 miles over the posted speed limit and failed to even slow down at the intersection. The victim died as a result of the car accident. The man responsible for the car accident states that he will plead guilty to two of the three charges against him. He will not plead guilty to violating his oath, but he will agree to plead guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving. For these charges, he could spend up to 15 years in prison. His trial is slated to begin in mid-April.

Jury sought for Michael Jackson wrongful death suit

Georgia residents may have heard that the jury selection process for the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against an entertainment agency has 35 potential jurors so far. The wrongful death claim started with a pool of 180 potential jurors, but less than three dozen have the required time to sit on the jury. The trial is expected to last several months.Katherine Jackson is suing AEG Live, a concert promoter, stating that the company failed to properly screen the doctor who was treating the international pop star at the time of his death in June 2009. The doctor, Conrad Murray, was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

One killed and one hospitalized in fatal Georgia crash

A car wreck involving three vehicles on Interstate 75 proved to be fatal to one driver. A passenger was also hospitalized with injures. The accident occurred when a vehicle changed lanes, sideswiping a second passenger vehicle. That vehicle in turn lost control and spun into the next lane, which caused a second impact with an SUV. The SUV struck the driver's side, and the driver of the vehicle was killed. A second passenger was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital to be treated for injuries. Information as to why the initial vehicle sideswiped the passenger vehicle was not provided. The crash occurred in the morning just after rush hour, and the incident was reported to news outlets by the Georgia State Patrol. The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team has been called to lead the investigation of events and determine if criminal charges will be filed. In cases involving one or more deaths, a detailed investigation is required to gather evidence for a criminal trial. In many cases, this evidence can also be presented in civil court. 

Cumming woman killed in Route 11 crash

Post 37 of the Georgia State Patrol recently responded to an accident on State Route 11 that involved the seventh fatality for the period of March 1 through March 21. The wreck occurred when an SUV traveling eastbound was rounding a curve on the road and the driver, a 40-year-old resident of Sautee Nacoochee, crossed into the westbound lane in the curve. She continued into the westbound shoulder before correcting and hitting a 53-year-old bicyclist.An officer with the GSP reported that the crash instantly killed the bicyclist, who was a 53-year-old pharmacist residing in Cumming. Following the collision, the SUV driver moved into the eastbound shoulder and rolled over after striking an embankment. GSP reported pending violations related to the act of negligence, and they are awaiting results of drug and alcohol blood tests. A specialized collision reconstruction team report is expected.

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