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Our Atlanta car accident attorneys know that vehicle accidents account for too many unnecessary deaths in our area.  Just last weekend there were nine accidents in the Atlanta metro area, according to news reports, which caused ten deaths.

Some of these accidents involved a single vehicle, like the tragic crash in Douglas County where the driver tried to turn too quickly for a last minute exit.  The SUV flipped over several times, and several of the children riding in the car were thrown from the vehicle.  One child, seven year old Jamal Lewis, died of his injuries at the scene of the accident.  His sisters, Santerria and Jasmine, ages 14 and five, were seriously injured.  Among her injuries, Jasmine had a broken pelvis and had to undergo surgery in Atlanta.  Santerria is still on life support.  Two other children, ages 15 and 13, were also taken to area hospitals.  Apparently only the driver and front seat passenger were wearing seatbelts, which is why the children in the back were thrown.  A Douglasville police officer told reporters that it was one of the worst accidents even veteran cops had ever seen, particularly because of the tragic death and serious injuries of so many children.

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Other crashes this weekend involved multiple vehicles.  On Friday night two motorcyclists were killed and one injured in an accident with a stopped car on I-285 between the Camp Creek Parkway and Washington Road.  The two motorcyclists, Kendrick Brown and William Small, smashed into the car and died.  On Ga. 400 northbound, another motorcycle accident happened on Saturday involving a brother and sister, David Neil and Sarah Howell. David was driving the motorcycle when he clipped a wall, which possibly involved a Jeep Liberty as well.  When he clipped the wall, his sister on the back of the motorcycle was thrown and died from her injuries. David Howell was charged with first degree vehicular homicide and DUI. An accident involving a car and a bicycle killed a 52 year old man on Saturday, as well.  He was riding along Ga. 6 in Paulding County when a car driven by 20 year old Lindsey Harris hit and killed him.

As Atlanta car accident attorneys, we see the tragic fallout from road accidents all the time, and too often they involve the deaths of people too young.  Road accidents cause a high percentage of young people deaths in our country – as many as seven teenagers die each day in the US from car accidents, and teenagers are three times more likely to be in an accident than those above the age of 20.  This continues to be an issue that needs to be talked about and dealt with to try to prevent as many accidents as possible.

A story about young people’s lives cut short by an accident happened earlier this week that involved three promising high school athletes from Brooks County High School in south Georgia.  Jicarre Watkins, Johnny Parker, Shawn Waters, and Devron Whitfield were football players at the high school and were driving to morning practice on Tuesday at about 9:30am.  On the way, the Ford SUV they were in, driven by Jicarre, swerved off Webster Road and smashed into a tree.  Officials from the Georgia State Patrol are investigating the cause of this accident, which seems unclear at the moment.  There was rain the night before, but reports say the roads were dry by that morning.  The accident also happened on a straight part of the road near the high school.  The Georgia State Patrol say the SUV veered off the right shoulder for an unknown reason, Jicarre overcorrected into the road and then went down into the opposite ditch, started to overturn, and hit the tree.  The team’s head coach, Maurice Freemen, was only a minute behind the SUV on the same road, and a school bus full of other players was also behind them and witnessed the tragic accident.

Regardless of the cause, Jicarre Watkins, Johnny Parker, and Shawn Waters, all 18 years old, were pronounced dead at the accident scene.  Jicarre was a rising senior who was being recruited to play football for Troy University next year.  Johnny, another senior, and Shawn, a junior, were also part of a successful high school team that was a large part of the community in their small town of Quitman.  The fourth student, Devron Whitfield, who is Shawn’s brother, was airlifted to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, for surgery.  High school administrator Charles Perry said of the students, “These kids were well liked on and off the field.  They were outgoing kids. They were positive and hardworking.”  Fortunately, Devron was able to go home on Wednesday, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Road accidents occur all the time in our state, and unfortunately our Atlanta car accident attorneys appreciate that in many accidents people are injured.  That was the case with an incident that occurred last week.

On June 13 at around 5:30pm a car accident involving four cars happened on Old Ga. 5 and East Cherokee Drive.  The crash involved a Mini-Cooper, two trucks and a Volvo.  The Georgia State Patrol said a woman was driving her Mini-Cooper into an intersection as the light was changing.  A truck pulling a trailer was turning left in that intersection at the same time, and the woman in the Mini-Cooper swerved to avoid it.  This put her in the way of oncoming traffic and she ended up in a head-on collision with a Ford pickup truck.  Reports also say a Volvo was involved, but the woman in the Volvo had no serious injuries.

For the driver of the Mini-Cooper, firefighters had to use the “jaws of life” to get her out of her crumpled car.  This woman, from Canton, had the most serious injuries from the accident.  The Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Medcon Operator said her injuries include her left leg broken both in the upper and lower part and a fractured pelvis.  She was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital and was in critical condition.  The other injuries were relatively minor to the driver of the Ford pickup truck she ran head-on into, and his 11 year old daughter and three year old son who were in the truck with him.  All three were treated on the scene. wreck

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys know that car accidents do not only involve other cars or vehicles on the road, but sometimes pedestrians or people on bikes or skateboards or rollerblades.  Especially now that summer is arriving and more people are enjoying the warmer weather on nice days, these kinds of accidents will be more likely.  And for the person unprotected by a vehicle, such as those on foot or bikes, these accidents are all too often serious or even deadly.

That was tragically the case recently when a teenager, Chandler Jacob Weems from McDonough, was killed when he was hit by a police car while on his bicycle.  The 14 year old boy was riding with his friends from one house to another at the time.  He was hit by the marked patrol car when he left a driveway at about 12:30pm on Saturday April 27 near the intersection of North Ola and Turner Church roads. The police officer driving the car that hit Chandler Weems was Denise Allyson Romano, who was driving north on North Ola Road on her way to start her shift.  Chandler was going westbound and entered her lane of traffic directly from the private driveway.  Chandler was air lifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Egleston, but died of his injuries the next morning according to Henry County Coroner Donald Cleveland.  Officer Romano took leave from the police department after the accident.

A representative of the Henry County Police Department, Sgt. Joey Smith, told reporters, “The officer could not avoid the accident.”  He also said Officer Romano was “very distraught” over the accident, but was uninjured in the accident.  Sgt. Smith also said in the statement, “On behalf of the Henry County Police Department and Police Chief (Keith) Nichols, we express our sadness and sympathy to the family for their loss.”  The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.