Vehicular Homicide Charges for Fatal Car Crash

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys know that car accidents are dangerous, and too often fatal. Reckless driving can cause the death of innocent people who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and often destroy more than one life. Sometimes these accidents give rise to criminal charges, as was the case in a fatal accident in Villa Rica last summer.

Mazda Tribute

On August 5, 2013, 42 year old Helen Lamar Rushton caused a car accident on Highway 166 near Villa Rica due to reckless driving under the influence of amphetamines. She was east of Mallard Drive when her car hit two oncoming vehicles with her 2003 Mazda Tribute. The accident occurred as she crossed the center lane to try to pass a tractor trailer in a no passing zone, driving faster than the posted speed limit. The accident that August evening injured 69 year old James Dee Mount. He was taken to the hospital but died several days later from his injuries at Atlanta Medical Center. The driver of the other car hit was 18 year old Grey Quinton Lyons from Carrollton.

After the accident, Ms. Rushton called 46 year old Sherry Maxine Carney. Ms. Carney came to the scene of the accident and picked up Ms. Rushton, according to the Georgia State Patrol and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. The two women left the scene allegedly without reporting the accident.

Both women have now been indicted by a Carroll County grand jury for the accident that took Mr. Mount’s life in the hit and run, totaling nine counts between them in the formal charging document. Ms. Rushton is charged with three counts of homicide by vehicle, including one charge for leaving the scene, one charge for driving under the influence, and one charge for reckless driving and improper passing. Ms. Carney has been charged with one count of homicide by vehicle for allegedly helping Ms. Rushton leave the scene of the accident. Ms. Carney is also charged with making a false statement, because she told the police that she picked Ms. Rushton up in order to take her for medical treatment at Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica, which she did not do. She is also charged with criminal attempt to tamper with evidence because police allege she called a wrecker service to tow Ms. Rushton’s Mazda while the crash was still be investigated by the authorities. Both women are scheduled to be arraigned by Judge Dennis Blackmon on Thursday, April 24.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys

If a negligent driver on the road has hurt you or a loved one, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to get any needed compensation to help your family through the difficult time, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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