The last two weeks have been deadly on the roadways of Cherokee County, Georgia. The Georgia State Patrol is currently investigating 4 fatal car accidents that occurred with the last week there. On August 4 one Hispanic male was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on I-75 shortly after striking the median in his own vehicle. The hit and run driver has not been identified at this point but the Georgia State Patrol are still investigating the accident.
Less than an hour later another fatal accident involving three vehicles occurred on I-75 after a dump truck ran into a sedan carrying five occupants. One of the passengers was killed instantly while the others including a infant were rushed to various hospitals in the area. The infant reportedly suffered a skull fracture but is thankfully expected to survive the accident.
A third motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver will result in criminal charges after his reckless actions lead to the death of his friend and passenger.
Cherokee County jail records show James Robert Harper, 61, of Acworth, was arrested and charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving an auto in unsafe conditions, DUI and failure to report an accident.
After the accident, as the quote above notes, Harper left the scene of the accident and failed to call the police before doing so. Given the fact that his passenger was fatally injured as a result of his decision to drive drunk, Harper now faces felony charges stemming from his wanton and willful behavior.
The fourth accident involved a one car accident that left the driver of the vehicle fatally wounded. The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the facts and circumstances of this accident that occurred on August 5, 2007.
All of these travesties illustrate how dangerous vehicles and their drivers can be at any given point and time on Georgia’s roadways. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these families during this tragic and unfortunate time period.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC,, Brandon Smith has devoted his practice to pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, products liability and serious personal injury. A frequent guest speaker at legal seminars all over the country—Brandon is focused on helping injured victims nationwide, however possible. Named a SuperLawyer again in 2019, he has also been called out as one of 10 Best Attorneys For Georgia by the American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys and a Top 100 Lawyer in Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers in 2019.