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Georgia teenager killed and another injured by distracted driver

A Georgia teenager is dead and his brother has been injured after a distracted driver left the road and collided with them. Local police are investigating the crash, and the driver is now facing homicide charges.

Fatal hit and run caused by 18-year old driver

An 18-year-old driver has been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal Georgia car accident. The teen hit and killed a man outside of a police station on Sept. 17 after he had been released from a holding cell. The driver left the scene, and, after an anonymous tip from Crime Stoppers, police were able to locate her and bring her into custody.

Driver facing charges in crash that killed undercover officer

A Georgia driver is facing charges of second-degree homicide by vehicle and failure to yield in connection with a July 30 accident that claimed the life of an undercover police officer. The accident took place on in Columbus on Veterans Parkway when police officers in two unmarked SUVs were allegedly responding to a call for backup at the scene of an investigation into a meth lab at Flat Rock Park.

Fatal car crash claims life of undercover officer

In Georgia, one officer was killed in the line of duty and another critically injured when their vehicle collided with a utility pole on North Veterans Parkway in Columbus. The 53-year-old man who died was an undercover officer with the Metro Narcotics Task Force and a 32-year veteran of the Columbus police force. According to authorities, both officers were on their way to provide back-up to a third officer who was in pursuit of a suspect in an unrelated incident when the car wreck took place.

Woman causes fatal car accident

An Atlanta woman was the cause of a fatal car crash in Midtown Atlanta on the Downtown Connection on July 6th around 3:30 p.m. The driver, who was placed under arrest, was traveling on the HOV lane south of the 17th Street Bridge when the accident occurred.

Family of slain law student files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a 27-year-old Georgia law school graduate who was allegedly killed by a neighbor and classmate in 2011 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The young woman's family filed the suit June 17 in federal court in Macon. They are seeking more than $5 million in damages, claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress, wrongful death and interference with right of burial. This latest litigation follows settlement of an earlier lawsuit for less than $1 million, filed by the family against the insurer of the apartment building where she and the defendant lived.

Jailed Georgia pharmacist charged with homicide

A pharmacist who was recently arrested and charged with illegally selling painkillers is now facing multiple charges as a result of a motor vehicle accident that killed one man and injured two others. The druggist, whose Georgia pharmacy was recently raided by law enforcement, is now being charged with federal first degree vehicular homicide as well as driving on a suspended license and other charges associated with an alleged act of negligence in the truck wreck.

How much is a human life worth?

No one can put a price tag on a human life, but families in Georgia who feel that they have legitimate cause to file a wrongful death lawsuit quickly discover how the legal system can try to determine a dollar value. According to an article published in Hawaii Business Magazine, these types of lawsuits are designed to compensate family members and dependents of the deceased for their economic loss. The article pointed out that tort law sets the value of an individual life according to that person's projected future income.

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.

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