Speed and Failure to Wear Seatbelts Lead to Fatal Crash in Gwinnett County

nightclub.jpgAnother tragic recently struck involving teenage drivers who failed to understand the risks involved with their behaviour. Our Alpharetta car accident lawyers know this is all too common and car accidents account for too many deaths of our teenagers.

This past Sunday a group of Georgia teenagers were driving to a post-prom party. No alcohol was involved, but none of the passengers in the car were wearing seatbelts. Dejon Wideman, 19 years old, was driving the car. Johlonda Lindsey, a bright and bubbly 16 year old high school track star, was a passenger excited to go to the party. It was very early Sunday morning when Mr. Wideman crossed the yellow line to avoid hitting the car in front of him. But he then hit a different car. The force of the accident threw Ms. Lindsey from the car, as she was not wearing a seatbelt. She died from her injuries. The two other teen passengers are still in the hospital.

Mr. Wideman was supposed to graduate from Meadowcreek High School in just a few weeks. Instead, he spent Tuesday in a Georgia courtroom facing an uncertain future. He has been charged with killing Ms. Lindsey, specifically with vehicular homicide, failure to maintain a lane, reckless driving, and serious injury by vehicle. He is being held in jail on a $67,000 bond, which his lawyer tried to get reduced on Tuesday to no avail. Mr. Wideman is due back in court on May 11.

Most of Ms. Lindsey’s family say they forgive Mr. Wideman. In court on Tuesday, the Lindsey’s attorney told the court that the victim’s mother reached out to Mr. Wideman’s family and does not hold him responsible for her daughter’s death.

“I’m not putting any blame on anyone. Everyone made their decisions that was in that vehicle that day,” said Nicole Herron, one of Ms. Lindsey’s sisters. Antonio Brinkley, one of the victim’s brothers, said, “Our hearts goes out to his family and we pray for him also because we understand that it wasn’t intentional and it’s a sad situation the whole way around.”

John Lindsey, her father, however, told reporters he believed the teens were drag racing between three or four cars, and something went wrong and Mr. Wideman lost control. Police investigators suspect that speed might have been a key cause of the accident.

Ms. Lindsey’s family told reporters that they wanted other teens to learn from her tragic death. It only takes a few moments to put on a seatbelt, and if she had, perhaps she would still be alive.

Sometimes these accidents are everyone’s fault and no one’s fault at the same time. But often, and perhaps even in this case despite the family’s good nature and forgiving attitude, someone is responsible and that someone must be held accountable. The families of the two injured passengers still in the hospital may have a case against Mr. Wideman, as well.

Our Alpharetta car accidents attorneys appreciate that it is important for all local residents to know that criminal charges and possible civil charges related to accidents that injure others are two totally separate matters.

If your family is facing the after effects of a tragic car accident, the Alpharetta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter (https://www.sclawpc.com/) are available to assist. Please call us at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.

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