In April 2017, a 64-year-old man lost his life when the moped he was on was allegedly struck by a Nissan Maxima near the Dean Forest Bridge on Ga 204. A 45-year-old woman was arrested for following too closely and for DUI. The man died at the accident scene.
It's taken more than a year, but a Chatham County grand jury returned a count of vehicular homicide. The same grand jury also indicted the woman on another charge of vehicle homicide:
"...after consuming alcohol she was driving over the posted speed limit and on her phone."
There were two other counts handed down by the grand jury: reckless driving and driving under the influence.
The woman's alleged blood alcohol content (BAC) was not released.
If you are facing charges for DUI, there are options for your defense. An experienced attorney can work to show the Breathalyzer results should be invalidated due to incorrect operation, incorrect calibration and more. When it takes more than a year to bring charges against someone, the prosecution could have problems with the evidence in the case, such as evidence that was misplaced or lost, witnesses who have trouble remembering the accident and more.
Just because someone faces charges for vehicular manslaughter, DUI or other serious crime does not mean he or she will automatically be found guilty. If there is reasonable doubt as to someone's guilt, then he or she will be found not guilty. Don't wait to start building your defense when facing such charges.
Source: Savannah Now, "Savannah woman indicted in death of moped driver," Jan Skutch, May 31, 2018