A 54-year-old man from Smyrna was accused of driving drunk on Windy Hill Road on the evening of Sept. 14 after he struck and killed a 51-year-old woman, also from Smyrna. The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. near Village Parkway.
The mayor of Smyrna stated that it’s all too common to see people walking on busy highways since many of them rely upon the Cobb County Transit buses or walking to get them from place to place. He says that many pedestrians have lost their lives attempting to cross busy highways and that pedestrians need to be educated about safety. The alleged drunk driver could now be facing DUI penalties. He was charged with felony vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving and improper use of a center turn lane.
If the man is found guilty of his other charges, he may have to serve a prison sentence, have his license revoked or suspended for six months or longer and possibly have to pay severe fines. A probation for a period of time may have to be served as well as having to complete community service hours. The severity of his consequences could be amplified if his blood alcohol content level was over a certain limit. They could also be worsened if he already has a prior DUI conviction on his driving record.
A DUI attorney might be able to help him get his charges reduced to lesser ones or dismissed completely. For example, if an attorney can show that the prosecution doesn’t have sufficient evidence to prove that the man’s BAC level was over the legal limit of intoxication, he or she might be able to get the charges dropped.
Source: The Marietta Daily Journal, “Woman killed by local man driving drunk,” Nikki Wiley, Sept. 16, 2013