As Atlanta car accident lawyers we have seen many senseless injuries and deaths from avoidable and preventable vehicle accidents. Over the weekend, there were news reports of yet another another teen death in Georgia.
Brittany Sailors, who went by the nickname “Angel”, and Lacey Gowens, both 16 years old and students at Grayson High School, were in Ms. Sailors’ 2000 Mitsubishi Diamante on Sunday evening shortly before 10pm. Ms. Sailors, described by friends as outgoing and sweet, was just driving away from her home as she tried to make a left turn from Graystone Parkway onto Lakeview Road, when a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville driven by 23 year old Mutajah Claude Paasewe smashed into the girls’ car on the drivers side. Kelly Martinelli told reporters said she was talking to Ms. Sailors while their cars sat at the stop sign and saw the accident. “We didn’t even see the car coming. It happened so fast,” said Ms. Martinelli. Ms. Sailors car was hit with such force it ended up in a neighbor’s yard.
Josh Kennedy, who lives near the crash scene, said to reporters that he told his parents to call 911, and then ran to help the teens who were trapped in the wreckage. “Me and another guy broke off two back doors to try to get them out,” Kennedy said. Mr. Kennedy’s father also came to the scene to try to help. “What I saw, I hope no parent ever has to go through. It was traumatizing,” his father said.
But there was nothing they could do for Ms. Sailors, who died at the scene. Ms. Gowens, Mr. Paasewe and his passenger, 19 year old Dario Abreau of Norcross, were injured and taken to the hospital, all with non-life threatening injuries. Gwinnett County Police Department officials stated that Mr. Paasewe was driving under the influence at the time and has since been charged with that crime. Police say he will not be held criminally responsible for the fatal accident, however.
No one can ever replace the life of a lost loved one. But those at fault for injuries or death should be held accountable to help the family with any expenses and also as a strong disincentive for others who may be so careless and negligent in the future and hurt others. So many families spend such effort try to share the importance of safe driving with teenagers Yet, even if one drives as carefully as possible, the negligence of others can still cause a serious accident.
With a situation like this, there are often complicated legal issues. If someone in your family has been involved in a car accident, our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, PC can assist you in determining how best to pursue your case. Call us today at 404-814-8949, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.
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