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Fatal DUI Accident Leads To Felony Indictment

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After causing the death of Joseph Calvin Huckaby, 17, of Perry on November 5, 2006 in a single car DUI accident, the responsible DUI driver now faces serious criminal charges for his reckless actions. Ronald Alan Sinyard Jr., who was only 20 at the time of the accident, now faces three counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of DUI and a number of other charges in connection with the fatal accident which killed one passenger and seriously wounded another. According to the local authorities, this is Sinyard’s second DUI.

According to reports, the vehicle was westbound on Grovania Road between Ga. 11 and Ellis Roads at about 5 a.m. The driver reportedly failed to maintain his lane as he entered a slight curve in the roadway, ran off the road and started down a small ditch. He reportedly attempted to steer back onto the roadway but failed to gain control of the vehicle.

The vehicle rotated around then became air born and rolled onto the passenger side where the rear seat passenger – Huckaby- was ejected. The vehicle continued to violently roll and vault over until it stopped passenger side down.

Sinyard’s blood alcohol level was reported at 0.157 grams. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08 for those 21 and over. He was 20 at the time of the incident so the limit is .02 for those below the legal drinking age.

In tragedies such as this where a death occurs as a result of a drunk or impaired driver, it is imperative to consult with a personal injury attorney that has the experience and training to properly handle a wrongful death claim. In doing so you not only ensure the drunk driver is held accountable for his wanton and willful actions, you also help secure the financial stability of those family members and loved ones left behind who may have been dependant on the accident victim. While it is unquestionably true that no amount of money will ever bring the deceased victim back, a wrongful death lawsuit that holds the responsible party accountable will help prevent situations like this from occurring in the future to someone else.