Reckless drivers place other motorists at risk every day in Georgia. Speeding and illegal lane changes are two of the most common reckless offenses, and those appear to have been factors in a recent tragedy that took a 4-year-old child's life.
The fatal car wreck happened when a Jeep crossed the double yellow lines on a highway in east Georgia and hit an oncoming car head-on. A young mother driving that car was taken to the hospital via ambulance. Her 4-year-old boy was also taken to a hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.
The driver of the Jeep was reportedly wanted by police. He was taken to a hospital via air transport with life-threatening injuries. While alcohol was found at the scene, officials aren't sure yet if intoxication played a part in the fatal wreck.
Officials were alerted to the events of that afternoon just before 3 p.m. when a call went into the Effingham County Sheriff's Office about a reckless driver on Highway 17. As police were leaving to check on the situation, another call was made that let them know the reckless driver had hit another vehicle.
The Georgia State Patrol's Special Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the fatal accident. No matter what that investigation determines, the fact remains that a young child was killed and his mother was seriously injured as a result of another driver's actions. The family of the child who was killed has the right to seek justice in civil court as well as in criminal court.
Source: Savannah Morning News, "UPDATE: Driver in fatal Effingham crash had no license," DeAnn Komanecky, June 7, 2014
Source: WSAV.com, "Child Killed in Fatal Accident on Highway 17 and Jabez Jones," Jamison Dowd, June 6, 2014